If you support someone who could not manage without you, you are a carer. The person you look after might be a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has mental health problems, or misuses drugs or alcohol. As a carer, you need to look after your own health and wellbeing too. We work closely with a local charity called Carers in Hertfordshire to identify carers and provide them with free help and support.
Carers in Hertfordshire is a local charity providing free help and support to any carer living or working in the county.
Contact Carers in Hertfordshire
Carers in Hertfordshire exists to support people in their caring role. All their services are free.
If you are a carer and are either a practice patient or caring for a patient in the practice, please let us know. You can also contact Carers in Hertfordshire directly by completing their self-referral form. Pick up a leaflet from the surgery waiting room or download it here.
For a guide to the services and support that Carers In Hertfordshire can offer you as a carer, please download our Information for Carers. We also have a dedicated Carers notice board in the waiting room at all three surgeries.
Specific help is available for people caring for someone with dementia, with drug or alcohol issues, mental health problems or learning disabilities. There are also special support and involvement activities for young carers; those aged 8-18 who help to look after someone in the family by taking on responsibilities normally handled by an adult.
Another local charity providing support for carers is Crossroads Care (Hertfordshire South). They provide practical and emotional help to Carers and the people they care for. In particular, they can provide an essential break from the stresses of caring by arranging for trained care support workers to take over for a time.