CARERS RIGHTS DAY 2017
Make Connections, Get Support
When you’re caring, getting the right information at the right time can make all the difference.
From filling in forms to coping with emotions, we’re here for you with advice, information and support every step of the way
Know your rights
Most of us will provide care at some point in our lives to ill or disabled loved ones.
Whether caring affects your family gradually or suddenly, it is common to feel unprepared and rules on benefits and the social care system can feel like a confusing maze.
Without the right advice and information, it is easy to miss out on the financial and practical support you are entitled to.
That’s why Hambleton & Richmond Carers Trust and lots of other organisations up and down the country take part in Carers Rights Day.
Between us, we aim is to reach out to the UK’s 6.5 million carers with information and support and provide you with relevant and helpful advice.
Carers UK ’s guide to carers’ rights and benefits, called Looking after Someone is published every year for Carers Rights Day. It provides a comprehensive guide on what support carers are entitled to.
Included in it are the top three steps everyone who is looking after a disabled, ill or older loved one should take to find out about their entitlements.
1. Get a benefits check
Carer’s Allowance is the main carers’ benefit but not everyone is eligible for the benefit, so make sure you get a full benefits check to see what other financial support you may be entitled to.
2. Find out about practical support
You may need practical support to help you care, like short breaks, equipment to help make caring easier or information about local groups that can help. All carers are entitled to a carer’s assessment from their local council.
3. Connect with other carers
Caring can be isolating and it’s not always easy to find people who really know what caring is like and who are able to give us help and understanding. There are carer support groups in this area through which you can you meet other carers, as well as access local advice and support.
“Looking after an ill, older or disabled loved one is one of the most natural things we can do, but it’s near impossible to receive the practical, financial, and emotional support you need to keep caring unless you know your rights.”
Helen Hunter, CEO