The Essential Carer’s Guide

The Essential Carer's Guide by Mary Jordan, 2006.

With extensive experience of the NHS and caring for elderly relatives, Mary has written The Essential Carer’s Guide, a must-have companion combining all the information you need to hand when faced with caring for a relative or friend.

With individual case stories, practical advice, entitlements, benefits and how to apply for them as well as social needs and caring for the carer, The Essential Carer’s Guide helps to combine practical and emotional help, and conveys a sense of empowerment and of not being alone.

As Mary Jordan explains: “When you find yourself, often suddenly, responsible for a relative or friend who can no longer cope independently, you need all the help you can get. More than three million people juggle care with paid employment and it is often impossible to find the time to source the right help and claim procedures while fitting in at least 20 hours caring responsibilities and holding down a job.”

How can I get a copy?

This guide is published by Hammersmith Press, price: £14.99. A donation of 50p from each copy sold will be made to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

There is a 20% discount available for carers using one of The Trust's Carers' Centres. You can order a copy by phoning Combined Book Services - 01892 837 171 and mentioning this special offer.


'Life offers many opportunities and challenges and assuming a caring role has to be one of the greatest challenges anyone can face in their lives... Mary Jordan has created a valuable guide for carers, with practical information and quotes from carers whereby readers will realise they are not alone.'

- Sir Philip Wroughton, Vice President The Princess Royal Trust for Carers