Registering as a Carer
Please let us know if you look after someone, unpaid, who couldn't cope without your help?
- We can help to keep you well by offering you a carers healthcheck and seasonal flu jab.
- We can also refer you to Carers in Herts who provide lots of information and support for carers.
- At Christmas we held a second very successful evening for carers at the surgery, where carers could get together to hear about Carers in Herts, discuss issues and share solutions and enjoy a cup of tea and a mince pie!
Are you a carer?
Carers in Hertfordshire aims to help carers take better care of themselves through breaks, leisure and learning opportunities and by ensuring they focus on their own health and wellbeing. They provide information and support to help you in your caring role. They can also help you to identify ways to make time for yourself; focus on your own health needs and access local leisure and learning opportunities.
For more information please go to http://www.carersinherts.org.uk/
Information For Carers
If you support someone who could not manage without you, you are a carer. As a carer, you need to look after your own health and wellbeing too.
Carers in Hertfordshire is a local charity providing free help and support to any carer living or working in the county.
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 your GP knows you are a carer and contact Carers in Hertfordshire for information and support.
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.
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
Dementia Carers Support Group
New Herts Bennie Portable Pendant and Location Service
To meet demand from customers who have asked us to provide a pendant that works outside of the home, we have launched the Herts Bernie Location Service.
Herts Bernie is a St Bernard rescue dog for the 21st century – a portable pendant and reliable companion who can help in an emergency, wherever a person is. It's the perfect addition (not a replacement) to our community alarm and telecare service, which helps people live independently at home. Now we can offer a solution for when they are out and about too.
How does Herts Bernie work?
The Herts Bernie portable pendant is a small device that combines the functions of a mobile phone with a Global Positioning System (GPS) locator. At any time of day or night they can simply press its SOS button if they need help. A text message with a link to the device location (which will open in Google Maps) will be sent to the family member or friend responder that is appointed upon application, as well as to Herts Careline. The responder will assist in the first instance, but if they are unavailable, an experienced Herts Careline operator will check to see that things are OK and to provide on the spot advice or to summon assistance if needed.
There are two optional extra services (no extra cost)
Location text message If a family member or friend is concerned about the person’s welfare, they can send a text message to the Herts Bernie device (with their prior permission) and they will receive a message back with its location – this can give much needed assurance to loved ones. and Geofence
For more information, please visit www.care-line.co.uk/bernie email CarelineSupport@north-herts.gov.uk or call 0300 999 2 999.
The usual Herts Careline community alarm and telecare service is £3.25 per week (+VAT if applicable)
The cost of the Herts Bernie service is £4.85 per week (inc. vat). A person does not need to be an existing customer of Herts Careline to apply for Herts Bernie – it is a service in its own right and as such there are two separate prices.
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Herts Bernie can be set up so that if the person leaves a certain set geographical area (a radius which can be set from 100m to 5km from the home) the linked responder and the Control Centre will receive an automatic alert so that we can check that things are OK and they’re safe. This geofence distance can be tailored and adjusted to suits their needs.