Hello everyone, hope you're having a good day.
Due to pain from RA, OA and plantar fasciitis I had to leave my previous employment. I've worked since 1983 when I started mental health nurse training, more particularly in dementia care. More recently I let my qualification lapse and became a support worker as I prefer hands on care work. Unfortunately, it's the hands on care I can no longer manage. I left my last job ten months ago, and in recent weeks, as my health is improving, I have looked into a return to work. Due to not enough contributions in the last two years and my husband earning a decent wage, I am unable to access benefits of any kind. It's not even the money I'm seeking, although it would certainly help, but it's the support to access a different career those benefits would allow me. I've worked since I was 17, continued as a single parent, not claiming a single benefit, and now, at 52, because I have an illness, I need help but it's just not there. Has anyone else experienced the same?