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Carers Rights Day

Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you're looking after someone.

Carers Rights Day aims to bring organisations together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they're entitled to.

A carer is someone who provides or intends to provide unpaid support and care for another individual. They may care for someone who has a disability, long-term condition, mental health challenges or is affected by addiction.

The Council will assess the needs of carers which, dependent on eligibility, could lead to respite care, direct support, or looking after the person that requires support at a day-centre.

In South Ayrshire, there is also extensive support for carers through the South Ayrshire Carers Centre. In addition to the Carers Centre, many organisations exist to provide information and advice for carers who are supporting people with a range of specific conditions e.g. Alzheimer's Scotland. View a list of some of these organisations.

From 1 April 2018, unpaid carers will have new rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act, placing a duty on local authorities to provide support to carers.

Key parts of the Act include:

  • Health and Social Care are to move from a Carers Assessment to an Adult Carer Support Plan for Adults and a
  • Young Carers Statement for Young Carers. These must include emergency/ future planning and support the carers own personal outcomes
  • There is particular reference to supporting carers of someone with a terminal illness
  • Authorities need to set eligibility criteria to determine carers that are eligible for support and a recognition that authorities need to provide support if these criteria are met
  • Consideration whether support might include ‘short breaks’
  • Emphasis on support for carers at point of hospital discharge
  • Ensuring information and advice is accessible to carers
  • Involvement in carers and young carers in the planning of service
  • Development of local Carers and Young Carers Strategies

We are keen to hear what kind of support carers and young carers need in the run-up to the Carers (Scotland) Act and we have developed a short questionnaire which you can complete online.

Your feedback will help us decide how we should plan to make things better for carers in South Ayrshire over the next couple of years.

For more information about the new Carers (Scotland) Act and help available to carers in South Ayrshire, please visit our Support for Carers page.

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