Carers allowance affecting my friends benefits

I have been considering claiming Carers allowance as my friend relays on me more and more as her condition is getting worse. She has recently been accepted onto ESA support group rate.
We are now worried that if I put in a claim for Carers Allowance this may affect her esa.
Can anyone guide us on any rules around this? Thank you

Hi Adele,

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Your friend may get an allowance because no one is helping her. So if you help her, you get the CA, she doesn’t get the allowance.
However, if you tell us more about your friend’s situation, there may be other money neither of you are aware of.