Getting financial support

When someone is dying, it can put a lot of financial pressure on them and those who care for them. In the last year of life, most people are eligible to receive at least some benefits. They may also be able to access charitable grants or other forms of support.

Can I claim benefits?

What benefits you can claim varies depending on what your needs are, how much money you have, and the level and type of care and support you need. We always recommend that people get specialist advice to help them claim benefits. Your lead health professional will put you in touch with someone who can give you advice tailored to your individual needs and situation.

Is there any other financial help I can get?

You may also be able to apply to a charitable trust or benevolent fund who will give you a grant. This might cover anything from going on holiday to buying equipment for your home.

The Turn2Us website lets you search a large database of charitable grants to find ones that are available in your particular circumstances. They also have a useful Benefits Calculator, where you can find out what benefits you are entitled to.

This information is based on our professionals' experience of providing care, and draws on a number of expert references. Find out more about the references for our information.