Am I a Carer?
If you give unpaid help and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who would not be able to manage without you, then you are a carer. The person you look after might have a physical or learning difficulty, be ill or frail, have mental health problems or misuse drugs or alcohol. They may be your child, partner or parent, or a friend or neighbour, and they might live with you or live elsewhere. Whatever your situation, make sure you let us know you are a carer and contact Carers in Hertfordshire for information and support. Please fill in our Carers Registration form and hand it in at the Practice.
Register as a Carer
There are many people who have caring responsibilities every day which involves giving support (unpaid) to a family member or friend who may need physical help or have a disability, long-term condition, mental health or alcohol or substance misuse issues. It is important that we recognise carers in order that their responsibilities do not have an impact on their own health or that of the person they are looking after. The Practice works in partnership with Carers in Herts who provide excellent support and can be contacted directly on 01992 586969.
You can apply to become a carer by downloading and completing the form below. This completed form needs to be given to the surgery:
Caring with Confidence
Carers in Hertfordshire runs free Caring with Confidence training courses for carers, covering all aspects of caring, including dealing with stress and emotions, balancing caring with a life of your own and maximising your income whilst caring. There are special courses for those caring for people with dementia. Not only are these courses practical and informative, they are a great place to meet others in the same situation as you and to share experiences.
Make a Difference
Caring takes its toll. Make a Difference is Carers in Hertfordshire initiative to provide funded breaks for carers. Grants are available for all sorts of things such as gym membership, massage, a weekend away or a new hobby - whatever will have the greatest benefits for your health. As a carer, Make a Difference can give you a break and help you stay well. Talk to your GP about a referral or contact Carers in Hertfordshire for more information.
Information and Advice
Whether you need some help understanding benefits or accessing services, or longer term advice to support you in your caring role, Carer Support Advisors are just a phone call away. They can help you understand what services are available nearby and how to access them, and help you to have a break from caring. Call today on 01992 58 69 69. Carers in Hertfordshire also provides specific support for people caring for those with dementia, drug or alcohol issues, mental health problems or learning disabilities, as well as parent carers.
Learning and Leisure
Carers in Hertfordshire runs a variety of free courses, workshops and local trips, to give carers a break and some time for themselves. Learn a new skill, like creative writing or digital photography; try a course to help you in your caring, like managing a personal budget or manual handling; or join one of their day trips to local attractions. Whatever you do, it is a great way to get out and meet new people.
Carers in Hertfordshire supports lots of carers groups across the county, and can put you in touch with your local group. Having the time and space to talk to other people who look after someone and understand what you are going through can help you feel less isolated, find out useful information, hand have some time to yourself to relax and chat.
Having a Voice
Carers in Hertfordshire runs events and forums where you can have your say on local services, what’s working and what needs improving, and give your views to decision makers. Coming together makes the voice of carers stronger and helps make real changes to services.
Young carers are young people who help look after someone in their family and take on responsibilities normally handled by an adult. Carers in Hertfordshire’s Young Carers Service supports carers aged 8-18 and their families to make sure their caring responsibilities don’t stop them from having the same opportunities, and social life, that other young people enjoy.
Contacts for County Council and NHS support and information:
- NHS Social Care information
- Adult Care Services (part of Herts County Council)
Tel: 0300 123 4042
- Herts Partnership NHS Trust (specific to mental health issues)
Tel: 01727 804700
- Children, Schools and Families (for carers or those in need under 18 yrs)
Tel: 0300 123 4043
They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.
Telephone: 020 7378 4999