Are You a Carer?
Do you support or care for a friend or family member who could not manage without your support? If you have caring responsibilities please let us know. you can click here or tell a GP or any of the team at the practice you can also telephone and ask to speak to our Carers Champion Bev Ravey.
If you tell us you are a carer we can record this on your medical records. We will be able to offer more tailored advice and, if necessary, provide more support when we diagnose and treat you in the future.
We understand carers may be under additional pressure at times. There are many places you can get support. You are not alone.
Oldham Carers Service
Oldham Cares service offer a range of free support and services available to unpaid carers.
- Carers Assessments
- Information and referrals to social care services and other support providers
- One-to-one practical and emotional support
- Carers’ groups
- Carers’ rights (in and out of work)
- Personal budgets (subject to eligibility)
- Health information
To find out more visit www.oldham.gov.uk/carers_centre or call 0161 770 7777 (option 4) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers UK aims to makes life better for carers, they offer information and support. To find out more visit https://www.carersuk.org or call 0800 808 7777
Local Groups for Carers
Visit our Useful Links page for information on local carers support groups.
Young Carers Project
The Young Carers Project provides respite services and activities for young people aged between 8 – 18 years old, within the Oldham area, who have caring responsibilities. To find out more call 0161 621 9400 or visit https://www.positive-steps.org.uk/
Carers on NHS Choices
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