If you help another person who needs support to live in their home then you may be a carer. The person you care for could be mentally or physically disabled, ill or elderly and frail. They could be your parent, child, partner, relative or friend.
Information about support and advice for carers is available on the Hertfordshire Council website
Hertfordshire County Council work with Carers in Hertfordshire to make sure carers are looked after.
You can fill in a quick form to tell them, Carers in Hertfordshire and your GP that you are a carer. Tell us you're a carer
You can also ask us for a carers assessment – where you will have a chat with them to help understand your day-to-day life as a carer so they can work out what they can do to help you. This might include carer breaks, free training or direct payments.
You can have an assessment on your own, or with the person you care for.
After an assessment, they will tell you if they can help.
If your circumstances mean that you can’t get direct support, you can still get help and advice from Carers in Hertfordshire.
Benefits for carers
As a carer, there are various benefits you could get to help you carry on caring and look after your own health and happiness. Take a look at:
If you're under 18 and you look after someone in your family who is ill or disabled, or who uses drugs or alcohol, then you're a young carer.
Carers in Hertfordshire has a Young Carers Service to support you and your family.