Know Your Rights…
The Care Act provides carers with certain rights. It is useful to be aware of these and they may help support you in your caring role.
You are entitled to a Carers Assessment
A carers assessment looks at how caring affects your life, including any health issues and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring. As a carer you have the right to an assessment even if the person you care for has not had their needs assessed or if they were considered ineligible for support. You can have an assessment no matter what your level of need, the amount of care you provide or your financial means.
A Carers Assessment is commonly done over the telephone but could be done face-to-face. The assessment will be able to identify any support you may be eligible for.
If you would like a Carers Assessment call Social Care Direct: 0345 60 80 191
Working Carers have the legal right to request a flexible working pattern and take time off in emergencies
1 in 9 people in the workforce will be caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill. As unpaid carer you have a right to request flexible working, time off in emergencies and parental leave . To find out more about your rights visit the Carers UK website here
Evidence shows that by recognising the needs of carers, employers can hold on to experienced staff by supporting them to work healthily and productively – and reap the rewards of creating a supportive working environment for carers.
East Sussex County Council can help employers to support employees with caring responsibilities by offering access to a range of resources to support both managers staff by offering FREE business membership to Employers for Carers. For more information click here.
You may be entitled to Financial Benefits
It is important to know what benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to. It might make a difference to your pension entitlements in the future or bring in extra money to help pay for care.
To find out what benefits you may be entitled to call HARC on 01424 428375 or call Carers UK Adviceline on 0808 808 7777
Remember… Care for the Carers are here to help!
If you would like to know more about your rights as a carer, guidance through the health and social care system, or help to find out about welfare rights, training, and development opportunities call us on 01323 738390.
For further information about the Care Act, and for useful factsheets regarding Carers Rights and benefits see the Carers UK website: http://shopcarersuk.org/en/products/view-products/information-booklets