I've been looking after my OH for several years now she is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. I had a full time job which I reduced my hours from 37.5 to 30 over last 18mths to enable me to do more at home etc. Over the past 6mths I've been considering reducing hours further as OH has deteriorated slightly (Possibly due to irregular eating and not much self motivation). Anyways onto main reason for post, the company I was working for has been having a few problems and rather abruptly has closed making all who worked there redundant!. I can claim some redundancy and pay owing from the government but now I'm torn between if I should just become a full time carer or try and find another job? The company I was working for was very understanding and flexible with my home situation, also my OH was fine with me not being at home every day between certain hours, and as we all know with this awful disease change can be a nightmare. Im under no illusions as to how difficult a task it is to care for someone who has mood swings , goldfish memory etc and will only get worse.I do most things around the house now including cooking and have done for 2yrs (not complaining )Main question is I've applied for carers allowance , can i apply for anything else and how do i protect my national insurance contributions as I'm still 8 years from retirement? Should i try and get part time work? Sorry for the long post and sort of rambling .