The emotional impact of caring for someone can be significant and life changing. While you might not feel you are a carer, you may be entitled to extra support.
What are your rights as a Carer?
The Care Act 2014 sets out the services that local authorities must provide to adults in their area who have care needs. This includes considering the health and social care needs of individuals, as well as identifying what services they should provide to support people to promote their wellbeing.
The Act says that local authorities must provide information and advice on an individual’s rights and entitlements, and how to access services locally.
The Act also specifically gives carers access to certain entitlements. For example, it gives eligible carers the right to have a carers assessment when necessary (when there is seen to be a need for this). It also sets out when the local authority has to provide support to carers, and what this support should be.
For more about the Act visit the GOV website (opens new window) or Carers UK (opens new window).
You may be eligible to claim a Carer's Allowance. You can find out more about benefits here or download our useful resources on this page.