Do you look after someone who is ill or disabled?
If you are looking after a relative or friend and this is not a paid job, it is likely that you are a carer.
Maybe they have a disability or illness. This could be physical or mental or both. Perhaps they are frail and elderly.
If the person you look after cannot manage without your help, it is likely that you are their “carer”.
Carers have special legal rights and are entitled to certain financial benefits and services to support them in looking after their loved one.
How does The Fed support Carers?
Caring for someone can be difficult and isolating but The Fed is here to help.
Our Carers’ Services support adult carers who look after someone who is 18 or over.
If you look after someone who is under 18, The Fed’s Children’s Services may be able to support you.
They also carry out “carer assessments” which identify what services or action might help to make your caring situation easier to manage, such as
- making a referral for a period of respite care for the person you look after
- applying for a carer’s personal budget, a charitable grant or a benefit such a Carer’s Allowance or Attendance Allowance for the person you care for
- attending The Fed’s activities for carers.
Our Carers’ Advice Workers can provide information about rights, benefits and opportunities for carers eg training courses.
Referring for a sitting service or respite
They can refer you to The Fed’s Time For You team in north Manchester or our south Manchester office.
The teams provide a sitting service to help carers to take a break from caring for an hour or two at a time. They carefully match volunteers with each person being cared for. The volunteer can sit with the person you look after while you have some time to yourself.
They might also refer the person you look after for help in arranging and getting funding from the Local Authority for respite care.
For more information about our sitting service call Time For You (north Manchester) on 0161 772 4800 or our Hale office (south Manchester) on 0161 941 4442.
Carers’ personal budgets
If the carer meets criteria set by their Local Authority (LA), they may be able to receive a budget, depending if there are LA funds available.
Click here for information about groups and activities for carers run by The Fed.
Further helpful information for carers is available from Manchester Carers Network