Do you know your rights?
Every day, 6,000 people become carers, looking after family or friends who are older, disabled or seriously ill. Since the introduction of the Care Act in 2014, carers have legal rights and Carers Rights Day aims to get information to thousands of people who don’t regard themselves as carers and so miss out on help and support. Carers Rights Day will be held on November 24 when organisations across the UK will be helping carers get informed. Many people think that caring is just something you do for a family member but failing to recognise yourself as a carer may mean you don’t apply for things you are entitled to, such as carer’s allowance or respite breaks. All carers, like the people they care for, now have the right to an assessment of their needs for support. This is regardless of the amount of care they provide or the level of the need of the person they care for.