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 Trust 4all offer practical support for unpaid carers who look after someone with a disability or life affecting illness. If you're new to caring or are an existing carer who needs some additional support, you can also access their free CarerLinks Herefordshire information and advice service.
- 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 offer support to local carers groups, training opportunities and free counselling, along with organised trips and social events for carers.
- 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.
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.
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.