Shopping Cards for Carers & Spends Cards
Our (i) Carer’s Shopping and (ii) Spends Card accounts provide useful, safe and convenient ways for Carers to access and obtain money for the Adult’s they care for.
Money can be managed and monitored, protecting both the Adult being cared for and the Carer. The card is loaded with money and can be used until the money runs out. The card can be loaded daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly dependant on requirements. Spending on the account is monitored and can be reviewed as needed.
How it operates
(i) Carer's Shopping Cards
Monies are paid into the Carer’s Shopping card account from a feeder account, the latter usually in the name of the person in care. The shopping card account works in a similar way as a pay as you go phone in that it works until the credit is used up. It then needs reloading.
We provide a managed service and liaise with Carers, Care Managers and their Clients to confirm balances, order news cards and provide support on demand. The service is setup to provide (easily) accessible shopping and spends money to those that need it in a secure and safe way.
Our banking provider’s cards can be used contactless at points of sale, can be used to withdraw cash at cash machines and can even be used to order products over the internet or telephone, funds permitting.
We offer this service to care providers and family members.
(ii) Spends Cards for Vulnerable Adults
The accounts can also be held and used by a vulnerable Adult themselves, in much the same way as a Carer can hold a card. Instead of a shopping card it then becomes a monitored Spends Card.
What Does it Cost?
We offer a fully managed service at a cost of £5.00 per month* (per Adult) to Care Providers who employ Carers to undertake shopping task for their Clients. This can be paid for by the Service User, the Care Provider or a Family Member.
There are no account opening fees and the cards are free to use in stores or online.
(*Please note- Our card provider partner charges a monthly fee of £10.00 (+vat) for provision of the card.)