Carers Rights

Know Your Rights!

FROM RECOGNITION TO RIGHTS

Key messages outlined in the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016:

  • Carers are better supported on a more consistent basis so that they can continue to care, if they so wish
  • Carers should be better supported to have good health and well being allowing them to have a life outside caring
  • It is recommended to avoid making any assumptions about a carer’s willingness or ability to care
  • Young carers should be relieved of any inappropriate caring roles to allow them to have a quality of life

Key duties placed on Local Authorities under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016:

  • Establish and maintain advice and information services for carers
  • Set local eligibility criteria and provide support to carers who meet the criteria
  • Prepare an adult carer support plan and young carer statement, including emergency and future planning
  • Consider option of breaks from caring when undertaking support planning
  • Involve carers in the planning, development and evaluation of carer services
  • Involve carers in assessment process and hospital discharge
  • Prepare a carers strategy for their area

Carers rights outlined in the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016:

  • A right to be involved in care planning and assessment processes for the person you care for
  • A right to be involved in hospital discharge planning processes
  • A right to access information and advice
  • A right to access an adult carer support plan (carers over the age of 18)
  • A right to be involved in the planning and development of any carer services
  • A right to access a young carers statement (carers under the age of 18)
  • A right to access support if your needs meet the local eligibility criteria for carers

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