Welcome to the latest edition of the Work 'n' Care newsletter. Each month we try and bring you stories that embody all aspects of a carers life. Our aim is to empower you in your caring role and to make your life a little easier. Contact us with your experiences and ideas as the process of sharing can make a carers life just that little bit easier. Read the latest edition below or use the links on the right to navigate our story archives.

 

Enduring Power of Attorney

money_icon.jpgThe role of a working carer is multi faceted. On any one day you can be called upon to be either or all a nurse, driver, companion, life style co-ordinator, administrator, legal and finance manager. While love and generosity is behind your decision to be a carer, an Enduring Power of Attorney gives you the official credentials - the authority - to undertake many of these tasks.

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Taxes and Entitlements

dona_dot_web.jpgI’ve just come back from the dentist and it made me realised that it’s tax time. What’s the connection between the dentist and taxes you ask? Well, other than they both involve money and a nagging pain, they should be a yearly ritual. Having skipped my annual check up several months ago I am faced with the reality of two new fillings, an empty bank account and I can’t seem to stop drooling over my desk.

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Leaving work in a hurry

other_icon.jpgIf you are a working carer chances are that sooner or later you will need to take leave at very short notice. What happens to your workload if and when you can’t make it into work?  Could your co-workers easily pick up your workload and continue doing it?  Over the years as a working carer I have collected some tips to make life easier for work colleagues when I have had to take leave work at short notice, and I would like to share them with you.

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Working carers and respite

work_icon.jpgYou’ve been caring for your elderly parent and juggling part time work for years now, with hardly a break. Now it’s time for you to go into hospital for an operation and family members are unable to help out. Who else can you call on? At times like this you could be eligible for respite care, where someone from a respite service can temporarily look after the person you care for.

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A Taxing Time

money_icon.jpgYep, it’s that time of the year again. It’s Tax time - and as a working carer receiving benefits you will want to be aware of the eligibility rules and tax consequences for any payments or bonuses you may have received.

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