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Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

Please complete a Carer's Survey

All staff at Benchill Medical Practice recognise the important and valuable contribution made by carers. A carer is defined as a person irrespective of age who, without payment, provides help and support on a regular basis to a relative, partner, friend or neighbour of any age affected by physical or mental illness (often long-term), disability, frailty or substance misuse.

Carers play a crucial role in the delivery of health and social care provision in the UK. We actively strive to identify and support carers and those being cared for in the local community. If you are a carer, please advise our reception team of this on 0161 493 9101

As a carer, we will invite you for an annual review to see if there is any additional support that we could offer you, and to review your own physical and mental health. The Practice Nurse will also offer you the seasonal flu vaccination that you are entitled to receive for free as a registered carer.

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?

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone
0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx
Email
CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.



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