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Always remember that you are not alone. In addition to Footsteps, there are many other people that will offer you support and you should be aware of all your benefits and entitlements, the majority of which are listed here. For more information, please feel free to contact us.


Service Provider – Service Providers vary from region to region, however they
look after newborns and their parents. Your paediatrician will advise your service
provider, who will make arrangements to meet you over the next few weeks. If you
haven’t been contacted, ask your local Footsteps branch who your service provider is.

Your Public Health Nurse – All new mums get a visit from the public health nurse. She
can give you general advice on your baby’s health and information on other services.

Social Work Department at your Maternity Unit.

Don’t forget that you can always contact Footsteps for additional support and

Possible benefits and entitlements

Domiciliary Care Allowance – apply to your local health board;

Carer’s Allowance – apply to Carer’s Allowance Payments, Social Welfare Services
Office, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs, Ballinalee Road,

Respite Care Grant – this is automatically received by those collecting either of the
above benefits;

Long-term Illness Card – apply to your local health board;

Tax Free Allowances – details can be obtained from your tax office;

Other Payments – obtain booklet entitled “Entitlements for People with Disabilities”
from Comhairle.