Does anyone know whether it's possible to apply for carers' allowance if you live a long way away from the person needing care? Dad looks after mum (he can't get CA because of his pension. I've applied for attendance allowance for mum, still waiting to hear) and I go up there as often as possible (it's 5 hours away so I go for several days at a time, maybe once a month or so). Does the 35 hours/week requirement have to be *every* week, or could it be averaged out over a month? I'm unemployed at the moment, getting hassle from jobcentre because I can't find a job (in part because I need something flexible so I can help mum and dad - I'm also a single parent), and I thought maybe I could get CA instead of jobseekers allowance. Does anyone know whether this might be possible?