Are You a Carer?
If you are a relative / friend / neighbour who spends their time caring for someone, then please let reception staff or your GP know so that we can help and support you providing care to loved ones. We have a list of all our carers on a register who are invited annually for a health checks, flu vaccinations and given flexibility for appointments to ensure our carers are in good health. If you are a CARER please let us know - we may be able to help you. Or if you are carer and would like to register with "Carers in Hertfordshire", Please click on the link in above for a self referral form.
If you have any concerns or need advice, Dr Plaha is our Carers Champion, please feel free to discuss with her or alternatively visit Carers in Hertfordshire www.carersinherts.org.uk. This is a charitable organisation providing advice and support to all carers. They have regular sessions to provide further information and problem solving solutions.
Self Care Week 2016 takes place from 14th – 20th November 2016. for Further info please visit http://www.selfcareforum.org/events/self-care-week/ for information about Self-Care Week.
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible