Your rights - from recognition to rights
Caring for someone can be difficult and you may need support throughout your caring journey. It is important that you find time for yourself, your family and friends.
Midlothian Council defines a carer as “someone who provides substantial amounts of care on a regular basis for either an adult or child, where that adult or child receives, or is eligible to receive, support services under the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 or the Children’s (Scotland) Act 1995″. Their carers strategy states that carers should be “supported to effectively manage their caring role and are able to have a life outside of caring“.
If this sounds like you, you have the right to a carer’s assessment. This looks at what will help you maintain your health and wellbeing and make sure that there is a balance between caring and other parts of your life e.g.
- Are you getting enough sleep?
- Can you get out to do things by yourself?
- Is your health affected by caring?
- Can you cope with other family commitments?
- Is juggling work and caring difficult?
- Are there any issues that may affect your ability to continue caring?*
- If possible what would you like to do every day, every week, every month, every year?
Midlothian Council are not able to support everyone but they have a duty to support you if your health and wellbeing is at substantial or critical risk of breaking down. To find out more about how they decide this click here
Since April 1st 2014 the Self Directed Support Act means you can choose how this support is provided. Some of the services may be offered free will you, or the person you care for might have to contribute towards the cost. The following PDF guides have been written to answer some of your questions:
- How much will I have to pay for a sitter service if the person I care for is UNDER the pension qualifying age?
- How much will I have to pay for a sitter service if the person I care for is OVER the pension qualifying age?
- How do I refer someone to a day centre or sitter service?
Other guides/research have been written by a number of organisations looking at the impact of short breaks. You can read the research here: http://lx.iriss.org.uk/sharedcarescotland
*(Questions provided by Age UK)