Are You a Carer?
“A carer is generally defined as a person of any age who provides unpaid help and support to a relative, friend or neighbor, who cannot manage to live independently without the carer’s help, due to frailty, illness, disability or addiction. The support a carer provides may include moving and handling, help with feeding, person al hygiene and administering medication, as well as providing emotional support, acting as an advocate or guardian for the cared-for person and enabling the person with support needs to access leisure and recreation”.
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Local Carers' group - Signpost for Carers
Signpost Stockport for Carers is an independent local charity which provides free, confidential information and support to unwaged carers of all ages in the Stockport area.
We have worked with Signpost for Carers, based in Stockport, to help identify and support our patients/carers.
Signpost for Young Carers
Offers help via various means but likes to focus on the family unit by providing support for the patient to allow the child to step back from the caring role, helps the parent with attendance to hospital appointments, parents evenings and work with adult and child social services. It also offers groups which can be accessed by the children where they can meet with other children in similar situations as well as offer an opportunity to give support to the young person. We as GPs can refer to signpost, there is a referral form on the website, you need permission from young person and parent to do so.
Signpost's Newsletter for Carers - March 2019
Signpost's Newsletter for Carers - January 2019
Signpost's Newsletter for Carers - November 2018
Signpost's Newsletter for Stockport Carers - Spring 2018
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible