Good health is crucial to your overall wellbeing. It's therefore not surprising that experiencing a life changing event such as a long-term illness or injury can change everyday life as you know it. It could impact on your ability to work and find employment, or it could impact on your ability to perform everyday tasks such as getting out and about - all of which can affect your emotional and financial wellbeing.

At CABA we're here to support the wellbeing of ACA students, past and present ICAEW members and their families whenever you need it. So let us help make your everyday life a little easier. Here's an overview of the different help and support services we can provide if you or a family member is experiencing ill health, are disabled or are recovering from an injury.

Benefits advice and online calculator

The UK benefits system can be complex to navigate, which can make it a stressful experience. The good news is that our Support Officers are available to help you find out exactly what you're entitled to and even help with the application process.

If you're experiencing ill health, are disabled or are recovering from an injury, there are several benefits that you may be entitled to, including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. Our online Benefits Calculator can help you identify all of the benefits that you may qualify for.

You may also be able to get support from your local council if you're having difficulties getting around or doing day-to-day tasks, and if you have a long-term health condition or are disabled, you may qualify for the Warm Home Discount. This could save you money off your energy bills during the winter months - contact your energy supplier to find out more.

To speak to a member of our team about navigating local services and applying for UK benefits, call +44 (0) 1788 556 366 or email enquiries@caba.org.uk.

Help with home adaptations and equipment

Experiencing a long-term illness or injury can be life changing, shifting your daily needs and care requirements. Here at CABA we can provide a range of support that could make everyday life a little easier for you or the person you care for.

"I was stunned when CABA told me that they would give me a grant for the full amount, and that all the adaptations could be done immediately. It was a dream come true. I can do so many things that were impossible before."

Read Richard's story

For example if you need home adaptations or require respite care, specialist equipment and mobility aids, we can send an Occupational Therapist to visit you and discuss your needs and the available options. We also have grants and donations that could help pay for your home adaptations and specialist equipment.

To speak to a member of the team about our health and carer support - including home adaptations, specialist equipment and an Occupational Therapist assessment - call +44 (0) 1788 556 366 or email enquiries@caba.org.uk.

"My Support Officer asked me to submit details of the second-hand vehicle I wanted to buy, and within a very short period of time they agreed to fund it. I was elated. It's made an enormous difference to my life. Just recently I was able to go and see a play my grandson was in - I would have had to miss that if CABA hadn't funded the vehicle."

Read Bill's story

Other ways CABA can help

Financial assistance

Offering help and support with your money worries if just one of the ways we can help support you and your family if someone you love is experiencing ill health, are disabled or are recovering from an injury. So whether it's paying for household repairs or giving donations towards respite care, our financial assistance can help in all sorts of ways.

Dementia support

If you or someone in your family is living with dementia, we can provide support through our partnership with Dementia UK. This service provides you and your family with access to Admiral Nurses – specialist dementia nurses who can offer you emotional and practical support. Call us on +44 (0) 1788 556 366 and ask us about dementia support.

Support for people with autism

We've partnered with the National Autistic Society to offer a wide range of support to people on the autism spectrum and their families. To find out more, call +44 (0) 1788 556 366 and ask us about support for people with autism.

End of life and bereavement support

If you're dealing with end of life, our Find Me Help service is a free online support directory that helps you find services in your local area, including end-of-life care, bereavement support, information and advice, help with caring and just someone to talk to.

If you would like more information on these services and the other ways that we can provide help and support for ICAEW members and their families, call us on call +44 (0) 1788 556 366 or chat to an advisor online 24 hours a day.

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