Anyone can become a carer, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. As a Trust, we understand the impact that caring responsibilities have on carers and therefor want to ensure every carer has access to timely support when needed.
The theme of Carers Rights Day, this year it caring costs, which can happen in many different forms. From the cost of access to health services and wellbeing support, financial costs associated with looking after someone or even the cost of the quality of their relationships, through not being able to take time out to spend with friends and family.
It is so important that carers understand their rights and are able to access the support that is available to them as soon as they need it.
Your rights as a carer
As a carer you have specific rights and entitlements and during these unprecedented times it’s more important than ever that you are aware of the support available to you. These include:
- The right to have your needs assessed – this is called a carers’ assessment
- To register with a GP practice and have access to health checks and free flu jabs
- The right not to be discriminated against
- Rights if you are in employment, to include flexible working arrangements and additional support at work
If you or someone you know is a carer please encourage them to seek the support they deserve.
Carers can contact local organisations who can provide information, advice and guidance.
We want to say a big thank you to all carers, your support doesn’t go unnoticed and as a Trust, we appreciate all the amazing work you do!