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This is an extremely common question, as both interventions are similar, with significant overlap.

Palliative care encompasses end of life care, but incorporates additional tools into the management of incurable or irreversible conditions.

As such palliative care helps to manage the progressive symptoms of the disease and is designed to provide an individual with an optimum quality of life for as long as possible. Holistic management is key, and can include psychological, social and spiritual support.

Palliative care is not just for the end of life and can begin earlier after diagnosis, working alongside other therapies.

End of life care is that portion of palliative care which usually begins when someone enters the last year of life.

It can encompass many of the aspects of palliative care, with an extra focus on helping individuals plan their final moments, make important decisions about emergency care, assist with legal matters and most importantly, allow a person to die with dignity.

A significant part of end of life care involves planning and discovering an individual's preferences, to ensure their final choices are respected.

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There are over 1.5 million care workers in the UK, contributing to one of Britain's largest workforces, and caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

For Britain's care workers, early starts, long hours and mentally draining work are part and parcel of the job. As a result, it's all too easy for illness, or other unforeseen circumstances, to push them beyond their financial limits.

The good people of the care sector make a massive contribution to our everyday lives.

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Have you (or your financial dependent) worked in

a residential care home, a home care service or a supported living service, now or in the past?

No     No, I am a voluntary carer     Yes

Unfortunately you are not eligible for hardship grant from The Care Workers Charity. However, Turn2Us helps people facing financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and local support services. They also have a benefits calculator tool so you can check what welfare benefits you are entitled to. You can find a list of advisers you can meet and speak to by searching here

Unfortunately you are not eligible for hardship grant from The Care Workers Charity. However, make sure you have checked your entitlement to Carer's Allowance. You could get £64.60 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and are in receipt of certain benefits. Call the Carer's Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297 or visit the government’s website to make a claim online. The Carers Trust provides financial support and practical help during difficult times for unpaid carers.

Have you worked in one of these services

for one of the following time periods?

  • One year’s continuous service if still employed
  • Three years’ continuous service in the last five years if no longer employed?
  • Six years’ continuous service in the last 10 years if no longer employed?
  • Over ten years in your total working lifetime?

No   Yes

Unfortunately you are not eligible for hardship grant from The Care Workers Charity. However, Turn2Us helps people facing financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and local support services. They also have a benefits calculator tool so you can check what welfare benefits you are entitled to. You can find a list of advisers you can meet and speak to by searching here

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Have you checked your entitlement to welfare benefits?

No   Yes

It's important to make sure that you are receiving all the help that you're entitled to before applying for a grant. Turn2Us have a benefits calculator tool so you can check what welfare benefits you are entitled to. You can also check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit here. The rules for getting Universal Credit depend on where you live.

Have you recently been financially impacted

by one of the following circumstances?

  • Someone close to you has died (within the last 9 months)
  • You have experienced a sudden or unexpected illness or injury (within the last 6 months)
  • You have experienced a sudden or unexpected loss of income (within the last 6 months)
  • You have had to deal with a loss of home or unexpected change in living arrangements (within the last 3 months)
  • You have faced a recent relationship breakdown and/or domestic abuse (within the last 12 months)

No   Yes

Unfortunately you do not appear to be eligible for a hardship grant from The Care Workers Charity. We are limiting our grant funding to support individuals who are dealing with a short-term financial crisis. Please email us to explain your situation if it is not listed above and we will do our best to let you know of any other organisations who may be able to assist you([email protected]). Please note Turn2Us could help you gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services in your local area. You can find out more here.

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