Are you a carer?
You are a carer if you provide help and support, unpaid, to a family member, friend or neighbour who would otherwise not be able to manage.
The person you care for may have a physical or learning disability, dementia, mental health problems, may misuse drugs or alcohol or may be ill or frail.
The person may live with you or elsewhere, may be an adult or a child but if they rely on you for support, then you are a carer.
Anyone can become a carer: Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
Benefits of Registering as a Carer at your GP Surgery
We as a practice are dedicated to offering you as much help & support as needed & we work very closely with Carers in Herts in order to achieve this.
Once registered as a carer we can offer you if required:
New for 2017- Community Navigator sessions aimed at helping carers access services & support - please ring the surgery for latest session dates & times
Flu vaccination (at a time to suit)
Referral to Carers in Herts
- For further information please contact Dr C Knowlden, Kings Langley Surgery, Carers Champion – Tel: 01923 261035
Herts Valleys CCG is doing all it can to help carers.
You can see more information at:
There is also 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