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?
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