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What benefits are we entitled to?

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau or the Disability Benefits Centre can advise you on whether you're entitled to any benefits for yourself or the person you're caring for.

If you get an unfavourable response from the agency assessing your claim, you may be able to appeal against their decision, but try not to take it personally or let it upset you. Talk to a rheumatology nurse specialist or doctor if you need medical support for your claim.

Practical help may also be available from a local Social Services department if the arthritis is causing major difficulties with everyday activities.

Work

If the person you care for is having difficulty with work, they can speak to a Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) about adaptations, professional support and retraining. You can contact DEAs through your local Jobcentre Plus office. There may also be a doctor or health advisor at the person’s place of work who could help.

Driving and getting around

If needed, you can modify your car so the person you care for can continue driving. You can get advice from Ricability, a consumer research charity, or a specialist mobility centre can arrange an individual assessment (there's normally a fee for this).

Speak to your local council or look online for information about applying for a disabled parking permit (the Blue Badge scheme).

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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