Support for carers

Caring for someone you love can be upsetting and make you feel anxious and unsure about the future. For some it's sudden: someone you love is taken ill or has an accident, or your child is born with a disability. For others caring creeps up unnoticed - your parents can't manage on their own any longer or your partner's health gets gradually worse.

There is help available - there are organisations that can give you information and advice to support you in your caring role:

Carers UK is the national organisation there to listen, to give you expert information and advice that's tailored to your situation.
Crossroads Care - is a local carers support charity that provides practical help and supported social opportunities for Herefordshire carers and those they support.
Herefordshire Carers Support - offers local carers emotional support, one-to-one advice, support groups and networking together with training opportunities and help to access information and services relevant for you.
WISH - wellbeing information and signposting for Herefordshire.  WISH has information to support you in your caring role, together with a directory of activities, events and services where you live.

Carers' assessments

A social worker or a health professional can help you to get a free carer's assessment which will identify your needs in supporting the person you care for. Or you can contact us and request an assessment yourself.

Financial support

You may be entitled to financial help, including a Carer's Allowance.  You can find out about benefits for carers on the Carers UK website.