Are you a carer?

You do not have to be living with someone or see them every day to be a carer. You are a carer if you assist someone by helping with any or all of these:

  • daily activities
  • medication (giving it or preparing pill boxes)
  • transport to regular appointments
  • emotional support

There are many organisations, both locally and nationally, that are able to offer support and information to people who have a caring role. Key services are listed below:

Carers Trust Carers Trust

Works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for someone who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

Carers UK Carers UK

Provides information, advice and support for carers.

Social care and support guide Social care and support guide

If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, this website explains your options and where you can get support

Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan Cancer Support

Information, telephone support and an online community for people supporting someone with cancer

If you need to organise help for someone in their own home, first contact the Social Services department of their local authority. They will be able to carry out an assessment of the needs of the patient to plan and organise appropriate care and support.

The patient may be asked to contribute to the cost of care, depending on their means.

If help is needed with financial issues, see our page about Benefits Advice.

HertsHelp HertsHelp A network of community organisations in Hertfordshire. Helping people find independent support, guidance and information to get the most out of life.
Home-Start Home-Start
UKHCA - United Kingdom Homecare Association UKHCA - United Kingdom Homecare Association

For information about nursing support services, see our page on Getting help