Caring for someone
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.
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.