Caring for someone
Being an unpaid carer can be a lot of responsibility. We want to help you find out about the great support you can get to make life a little easier.
By filling in a form, you can tell us, Carers in Hertfordshire and your GP practice that you're a carer who wants some more information.
You are a carer if you provide help and support, unpaid, to a family member, friend or neighbour who would otherwise not be able to manage.
In this area you can find information on:
- How we can help carers - arrange an assessment for yourself or the person you care for.
- Having a life outside of caring - including breaks for carers and work, learning and leisure opportunities.
- Carers' health and wellbeing - advice and support services for stress and health issues.
- Benefits for carers - read our online information or contact us for advice.
- Planning for the future as a carer - links to information and services for carers who need to make legal decisions or who have experienced bereavement.
- Caring for people with young onset dementia - services for you and the person you care for.
- Young carers - arranging support for a carer under the age of 18.
- Hertfordshire's commitment to carers - what individuals and organisations can do to improve services for carers in Hertfordshire.
Online course: What it means to be a carer
A free online course is available for carers, service users and service providers; covering the question of what it means to be a carer, and the support available.
Other help and advice services for carers in Hertfordshire
- Age UK Hertfordshire can offer information on a wide range of issues that are relevant to older people, over the phone or in your own home.
- Carers in Hertfordshire, the key voluntary organisation for carers for advice and support on all aspects of being a carer. Funded by the council’s Health and Community Service.
- Guideposts Trust work with carers of people with mental health issues. They can listen, support you and provide information about agencies to improve the situation.
- HertsHelp for information on local groups and activities that may make a real difference to you and/or the person you care for.
- POhWER are an advocacy service that can help if you wish to make a comment or complaint.
- Carers Strategy - this document sets out how the whole health and social care system in Hertfordshire will work together to support carers.
Arrange it yourself
If you are considering arranging your own services, equipment, adaptations to your home or residential care, you could use a broker to help you. Brokers provide independent advice and can organise services that suit your needs.