What are my rights as a carer?

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Under the Care Act you are entitled to a carer’s assessment where you appear to have needs, this matches the rights to an assessment of the person being cared for. You will be entitled to support if you meet the national eligibility criteria.

The person you care for is entitled to a ‘needs assessment’ if they appear to have needs for care and support.

Local authorities can arrange for other organisations such as charities or private companies to carry out assessments.

  1. What are the ‘wellbeing’ principles?

The Care Act introduced a general duty on local authorities to promote an individual’s ‘wellbeing’. This means that they should always have a person’s wellbeing in mind and when making decisions about them or planning services.

Wellbeing can relate to:

  • personal dignity (including treatment of the individual with respect)
  • physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • protection from abuse and neglect
  • control by the individual over day-to-day life (including over care and support)
  • participation in work, education, training or recreation
  • social and economic wellbeing
  • domestic, family and personal relationships
  • suitability of living accommodation
  • the individual’s contribution to society

The wellbeing principles are also part of the eligibility criteria. Local authorities must consider the impact of your role as a carer on your wellbeing. Similarly, they must consider the impact of a disabled person’s needs on their wellbeing. If the impact is significant then the eligibility criteria are likely to be met.

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