If you regularly support someone, a relative, neighbour or friend, who is ill, frail, disabled, physically or mentally ill, or misuses drugs or alcohol, you are a carer. We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often “hidden” looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer. Carers suffer typically high levels of stress, reduced immunity to illnesses, increased risk of physical injury, depression and stroke. They need support to manage their own health and ensure that they can continue to provide patient care.
We feel that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for the carer. We further believe carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much. They may require more flexibility to attend appointments at the surgery to manage their own health needs and by identifying this we can understand why a specific time for appointment is requested for example.
Please see the link to the right for more information.
Carers in Hertfordshire is a carers' organisation. They provide information packs and have a self referral form - on notice boards in the waiting room areas, making this process quick and simple. visit www.carersinherts.org.uk for more information.
If you are a carer, this is an opportunity to let the Practice know so that we can update our records and also pass on your details to the Carers Service who can provide relevant information and advice, local support services, newsletter and telephone linkline.
Carers referral form - PLEASE PRINT, COMPLETE AND HAND INTO RECEPTION
In doing this, we can also keep you informed of the extra support offered to you, such as regular health checks, influenza vaccinations etc. If you have questions, or require further information, please speak to a member of the team.
There are other services locally who provide support for carers who we link with here at the surgery:
www.thecentreinthepark.org.uk/ as discussed and recommended at our Patients Group meeting. A local group, providing daily support for our community including a recreational centre and respite for carers.
The Kings Langley Carers Group
http://hertfordshirecrossroads-south.org.uk/index.php?node=news a local support group who can assist in all aspects of caring and respite meet at The Toby Carvery 10:30-12noon on the first Monday of every month or simply call 0208 905 1158 to speak to someone in their main office.
Hemel Hempstead Support Hub - William Crook House, Green End Lane, Warners End HP1 2BH another local group who meet on the second Wednesday of every month 10:30-12 noon - see www.carersinherts.org.uk for more information.
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/dacorum/our-services/carers-support/ AgeUK local carers support group
http://www.carechoices.co.uk/about-hertshelp/ Herts Help
http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/community-living/statistics-about-dacorum/health/carers Dacorum Council Carers support
http://www.careforcarers.org.uk/ a national care for carers website
http://www.hcpa.info/hertsgoodcare as linked by the HVCCG website
Also, specifically for young carers the following sites may be useful: