Sometimes as a carer it can be very hard, getting other individuals and professionals to understand the issues that you are experiencing; it can be very difficult when things are not taken into consideration, however, it is important to know that carers do have various rights.

Sometimes as a carer it can be very hard, getting other individuals and professionals to understand the issues that you are experiencing; it can be very difficult when certain things are not taken into consideration, however it is important to know that carers do have various rights.

 

 

Financial Help and Support

 

 

Many carers and families struggle with severe hardship financially because of their caring commitments, not knowing that there maybe financial advice and support. This is because an individual who provides care and support may not be able to seek full time employment, may be retired, may be to young to have any financial resources; there are also the additional costs of providing care and support to someone that they care for.  

Many carers and those that they may care for, do not know what financial support services or advice is out there, and do not know that they may be entitled to various benefits as a carer, sometimes the person that they care for has not made any applications for welfare benefits, because of genuine physical or mental health conditions. Sometimes carers can continue for many years not knowing what support is out there, or when they can ask for support.

 

 

The welfare system can be difficult to comprehend sometimes, knowing what to do, and where to go and who to contact, and where to go for support. Claiming benefits depends on various factors, such as age, how much you earn and the level of disability. It is always be a good idea to contact your local benefits agency to enquire or make those relevant applications, even if you think you may not be entitled.

 

 

It is also advisable that as a carer, you seek advice from an appropriate benefits specialist, somebody who is registered with the appropriate authority and specialises in welfare benefits. Some services offer benefits checks and drop in services; individual carers can also seek advice through their local Citizens Advice Bureau.  

 

 

The Citizens Advice Bureau aims to provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities, for more information please visit their website...

 

 

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/aboutus.htm

 

 

Alternatively you can call the Citizens Advice Bureau on 08444 111 444 which is a national number for England.

 

 

Text Relay users should call 08444 111 445.

 

 

However you can visit the website and find your local office.

 

 

Carers Rights in the workplace

 

 

Carers also have rights in the workplace, as long as the person you care for is a relative and lives at the same address, you may have the option to request flexible working hours to help balance work and caring responsibilities.

 

 

Carers right to have a Carers Assessment

 

 

The Carers and Disabled Childrens Act 2000, does indicate that any person who provides and intends to provide, substantial amount of care and support on a consistent basis, are eligible for a carers assessment, most individuals are likely to be eligible for carers assessments.

 

 

Carers assessments are normally undertaken by your local social services office, or department of the city council, normally in relation to the person that you care for. You will need to contact your local office and request a carers assessment.

 

 

Direct Payments

 

 

Once you have requested a carers assessment, the assessment is normally undertaken by a qualified individual, normally a social worker, and they might find that other care and support services should be provided, you then may be able to ask for the options of direct payments, which will enable you to have a greater sense of control, choice and independence when deciding and choosing the services that may be needed or required.