Posted: Friday 24th November 2017
This Carers Rights Day, Friday 24 November, Hertfordshire County Council is reminding residents of the important work our carers in Hertfordshire do every day
Carers Rights Day is an annual event hosted by Carers UK, the national charity campaigning for the rights and recognition for carers.
Research by them shows that people often don’t see themselves as carers and as a result often miss out on vital practical and financial support which can have a real impact on their own health and finances.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Money Advice Unit provides support for carers living in the county; offering free, impartial financial advice to carers who live and work here. In 2016/17, they worked with over 2,000 carers and cared-for people supporting them to receive over £5 million in additional benefits that they were entitled to as a carer. This advice can be life changing for people, often enabling carers to remain in the workplace.
Heather Good, from Baldock has been a carer for her husband Phil since he suffered a serious brain injury following an accident in 1998. Heather volunteers for Carers in Hertfordshire and the brain injury charity Headway. One of her roles at Carers in Hertfordshire is to help other carers to find out what support is there.
She said: “Getting support is so beneficial, not just in financial terms, but also in terms of the social and emotional support that you can get from charities and other organisations.
“Carers can be lonely and isolated and having someone you can talk to makes such a difference.
Getting the right support can be so helpful. If the carer’s confident and relaxed then the person being cared for is as well – it’s a win-win situation.”
Hertfordshire’s Adult Care Services are committed to supporting carers. We have dedicated pages for carers available on our website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/carers as well as carer specific information in the Hertfordshire Directory www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/directory.