In 2016 new legislation was passed - the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. It aims to ensure that carers know their rights and how to get the help and support they are entitled to. This will mean that carers are supported to continue to care, for as long as they choose, in better health and to have a life alongside caring.
Listen to Betty talk about why it is so important for people to realise they are a carer and get support.
One of the most important rights that carers now have is the right to be involved in discharge planning for the people they care for. If the person you care for is currently in hospital please speak to the ward staff and let them know you are their carer. This will help us make sure that we are involving you as much as possible in the decisions regarding care and discharge.
There is also a Carers’ Charter that will let you know your rights as a carer.
The Coalition of Carers have worked with a variety of carers, carer organisations and health and social care staff to design leaflets for carers. They let you know about your new rights and what to expect when:
• you are considering a short break
• you make an adult carer support plan
• you make an emergency plan
• the person you care for is being discharged from hospital
They can be downloaded from the Coalition of Carers website.