National Carers Strategy And Legal Definition Of A Carer

A carer spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family or potentially friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Carers Rights

The Carers (Recognition & Services) Act 1995.

The Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000.

The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004.

Care Act 2014

The Act strengthens the rights and recognition of carers in the social care system and for the first time gives carers a clear right to receive services. These are by far the strongest rights for carers yet.

The Care Act covers adult social care in England only. The Children and Families Act 2014 includes new duties for the assessment of young carers and parent carers of children under 18.

NHS – Commitment to Carers 2014

In May 2014, the NHS published their Commitment to Carers to give them the recognition and support they need to provide invaluable care for loved ones.

With 1.4 million people providing 50 or more carer hours a week for a partner, friend or family member, they make a significant contribution to society and the NHS.

There are 37 commitments spread across eight key priorities which include raising the profile of carers, education and training, person-centred coordinated care and primary care, that have been developed in partnership with carers, patients, partner organisations and care professionals

Carers Assessments

This is the No 1 priority for all carers, it enables you to have a self-assessment to see what you might be eligible for.

NHS Choices have this excellent section on their website that explains about Carers Assessments as well as a section on how to prepare for an assessment.

Carers Allowance

  • See STATE BENEFITS

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