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Carers (Scotland) Act

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

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.

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 partnerships are to move from a Carers Assessment to an Adult Carer Support Plan for Adults and and a Young Carers Statement for young carers. These must include emergency arrangements to help carers and include details of future planning. The support plan and the statement must also support the carers own personal outcomes
  • There is particular emphasis on supporting carers of someone with a terminal illness
  • Health and Social Care partnerships need to set eligibility criteria to determine carers that are eligible for support and a recognition that they 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 discharg
  • 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.

We are also currently consulting on our draft local eligibility criteria for carers in South Ayrshire, please visit our consultation page for information.

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

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