Finance, benefits and discounts

There are many financial implications to be aware of when you are a carer, whether it is to do with work or benefits for you or the person you care for, or planning ahead for Power of Attorney etc.

If you would like to speak to someone about your financial situation and explore what financial support is out there for you, Carers Aid Torbay provide financial surgeries in Torquay and Brixham, or the Disability Information Service can provide benefits advice. To find out more contact Signposts for Carers.

Free hospital parking for registered carers

Torbay Hospital was one of the first in the country to agree free parking for carers who are registered with either Devon or Torbay Carers Services when they are supporting the person that they care for. When you are visiting the person you care for as an inpatient or attending an outpatient appointment with them, you can place your Torbay Carers Emergency Card on the dashboard (number side up) and do not need to ‘pay and display’. This does not work apply to the staff and permit only spaces.

For the pay on foot public car parks with barriers, take the parking ticket and your Carers Card to one of the voiding points across the hospital (see car park signs for details). Tickets can be voided at Level 4 Main Reception and Level 2 Outpatients Reception. Ask for more details at the department you are attending.

The community hospitals at Totnes and Newton Abbot have also agreed the same principle as Torbay, where carers display their Carers Card on the dashboard, and will not be charged for parking.

Further information about all parking concessions at Torbay Hospital.

Torbay Carers discount scheme

If you join Torbay Carers Register, your card can be used as a discount card in many shops, or for free parking in local hospital when supporting the person you care for.

The Torbay Carers discount scheme list contains details of businesses that may be willing to offer discounts on their services on production of the Torbay Carers Emergency Card. Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust do not endorse any such businesses or accept responsibility for any particular faults or problems with goods or services purchased by individuals, or liability in respect of provision and delivery of the same. We believe these businesses are acting in good faith and the discounts are likely to be a genuine benefit.

This information is correct at time of being published, however details may change. Feel free to check with the supplier or Signposts for Carers on 01803 666620 or email Signposts for Carers beforehand.

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