Does someone rely on you?
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.
Please let our staff know if you are a carer and who you care for
If you are a carer we would like to try and make things easier for you. We keep a register of everyone who is a carer, and on patients records we record who their carer is. We can also check we have the best contact details for you.
Being a carer you may struggle with appointments due to limitations in time you can get to the surgery. If this is the case please ask for a phone consultation with your usual doctor. If a face to face appointment is still required we will do our best to fit you in for a time that is convenient for you.
As a carer it is important you look after your health and well-being. The surgery will soon be offering free health checks specifically for carers. You are also entitled to free flu jabs. Ask your doctor to register you as a carer.
Your local Pharmacist can offer information and advice about medication and work in partnership with your GP. They can review your medication as well as the person you care for.
Sometimes, to get a comprehensive understanding of the support you need, it might be helpful for you to have a carers’ assessment. Any services or support you receive as a result of a Carers Assessment will be free.
More information and contacts of where to obtain help will be included in the Carers Pack. Should you require further information, our Carers Champion Lisa Burns will be pleased to assist you.
If you are a carer and need more support and advice please contact CARERS IN HERTFORDSHIRE. Go their website www.carersinherts.org.uk or call 01992 586 969.
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 a 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 phonecall 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’s 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, and 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.
Young Carers Awareness Day 26 January 2017 is a national day of recognition for 700,000 young carers in the UK. This year’s theme is “When I grow up” and it’s about helping young carers to achieve their dream jobs or careers. Lavinia Kellman, a young carer, will be writing a blog and Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England will be starring in a video for The Carers Trust. A link to further information and how to get involved is https://carers.org/young-carers-awareness-day
Contact Carers in Hertfordshire
Carers in Hertfordshire exists to support people in their caring role. All their services are free.
Tel: 01992 58 69 69 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.carersinherts.org.uk