Do you know your rights?

YOURS (UK) - - Carer Services -

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.

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