Carers and families

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There are around 100,000 people with MS in the UK. Most will need support from family and friends at some point.

Many carers see themselves first as partners, sons, daughters or friends, but using the formal term 'carer' will enable you to access support and information to help you in your caring role.



If you spend a great deal of your time caring for someone else, it can be all too easy to neglect yourself.

Find more out about looking after yourself

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There are organisations that can put you in touch with other people in the same situation, give practical help or simply listen.

Find out about getting help

The financial impact of caring for someone with MS can be huge.

There is help out there from public services and other sources.

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The MS Society can also help. The Carers Grant Fund offers grants for items or activities to support carers’ personal development or leisure.

Find out more about financial support for carers

There are currently over three million working carers in the UK.

As a working carer you are likely to need a range of support in the workplace at different times.

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There's a lot you can do to cope with the pressures of caring and work, and you also have statutory rights. 

Find out more about your rights in the workplace

If you are under 18 and have a family member with MS, you may be giving them extra help and support.

You might be caring for brothers or sisters, doing housework, cooking, shopping, helping them get dressed or move about the house.

Lots of people 'help out' at home, but if you're giving lots of care and it’s causing you problems, or you just need some information about living with MS, there is help available.

Find out about help and support for young carers

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