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Across the Rochdale borough, there are more than 23,000 people who have unpaid caring responsibilities. That’s more than eight per cent of the borough’s population.

If you have unpaid caring responsibilities, visit your doctor's practice to help you carry on caring.

A carer is someone who looks after or gives help or support to family members (including children), friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, problems relating to old age or issues relating to addiction.

Caring might include:

  • Practical household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing up, ironing, shopping, paying bills and financial management
  • Personal care such as bathing, dressing, lifting, administering medication and collecting prescriptions
  • Emotional support such as listening, offering advice and friendship

This doesn't include anything done as part of paid employment.

Many people don’t recognise themselves as carers, but help is available. If any of the above sounds like you, please visit your doctor’s practice for advice and a support pack.

For more information visit our Facebook page: You can also find more information in our leaflets:


If you think you might be a carer, watch the two videos below, which might help you to recognise your caring role.

Young carers video

Adults carers video

Useful links

What is a carer?

What is a young carer?


The Carers' Resource, Rochdale

Rochdale Young Carers Service

NHS Choices: Carers Direct

Eligibility for carer’s allowance – financial support if you spend over 35 hours looking after someone

Other financial benefits you may be able to claim as a carer

Practical carers' support, such as advice about managing the affairs of the person you care for

Carers UK advice line – talk to someone who can advise on financial or practical matters relating to caring

NHS Choices: Carers Direct - Breaks from caring

NHS Choices: Carers Direct - Bereavement




NHS 111 NHS Choices
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