Planning for the future - your relative's care and support
This section gives information about how to plan future support for the person that you care for. There may be a time when you are no longer able or willing to care for them. In this section we call the person you care for your ‘relative.’ But this information is still relevant for you even if you are not related to the person you support.
Carer's assessment - Under the Care Act 2014
You may get support if you care for someone with a mental illness who is 18 or over. You can ask the local authority to assess your needs by asking for a carer’s assessment. The local authority must give you support and services if you have ‘eligible needs’. This section explains eligible needs, how you can get an assessment, and what support you may get.
Suicide - Coping with loss
Losing someone you care about to suicide is devastating. There is not right or wrong way to feel. You will deal with the loss in your own way. This section looks at what support is available when someone has taken their own life. It also provides information about investigations that may happen.
Going into hospital - for carers, friends and relatives
Mental illness is normally treated outside hospital. Doctors call this 'treatment in the community'. But there are times when people become unwell and they need to go into hospital. This section explains what happens when someone you know goes into hospital.
If your relative dies there may be an inquest into their death. This section explains what an inquest is, what it will be like and your rights during the investigation. It covers every stage from the first investigation to appealing the conclusion of an inquest. The headings will guide you to the information you may need at each stage of the inquest. This section has a lot of information. It may be overwhelming to try and read all of this at once.
Wills and trusts
This page may help you if you care for someone who has a mental illness. You might have thought about how your money and your assets can be left to them when you die. This page looks at how you can plan and manage this by writing a will and setting up a trust. On this page, we call the person you want to leave your money and assets to ‘your relative’. But we realise you may not be related to them.
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