Financial Support & Benefits

If you need to access a package of care to help support you at home you may already be in receipt of PIP (Personal Independence Payment) if under the pensionable age or AA (Attendance Allowance) if above the pensionable age.

These offer varying amounts depending on the degree of support you need. Both PIP and Attendance are not means tested.

National Charities

There are a few national charities/ or county wide organisations that this guide highlights and you may have heard of or be referred to:

Age UK

Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. They believe in a world where everyone can love later life and they work every day to achieve this.
Telephone: 0800 169 2081. Visit their website here.

Alzheimer’s Society

This society has a vast range of helpful leaflets and a support line and covers all types of dementia, not just Alzheimer’s Disease.
Telephone: 0333 150 3456. Visit their website here.

Dementia UK

Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia.
Telephone: 0800 888 6678. Visit their website here.


Macmillan Cancer Support offer a free confidential support line to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you need to talk, they will listen.

Telephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm). You can download a guide here.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie have a national helpline for various support services.

Telephone: 0800 090 2309. Visit their website here.
Note: To get a Marie Curie night sitter (trained nurse/carer) the referral needs to be made via the district nurses.

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder online bereavement community can be accessed here.

Silver Line

Silver Line free phone support for older people, 24 hours a day.
Telephone: 0800 4708 090. Visit their website here.