As a carer, you also have the right to access practical, financial and emotional support, which may help your wellbeing and help you with your caring role.
If the person you care for is 18 or over, you are entitled to an assessment of your own needs. This is called a Carers’ Assessment. Any carer who appears to have needs for support should be offered an assessment by social services. As a carer you will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your level of need for support.
If you are a parent caring for someone under 18, you may be entitled to a Parent Carers Needs Assessment.
Please, look at our “Information leaflets” section below for further information about your rights as a carer.
Information Leaflets about Carers Rights
If you care for someone with a mental illness, the rules on confidentiality can often be frustrating. You might find that health professionals or staff do not give you information about the person you care for. This factsheet looks at these problems and how you can try to prevent them happening in the future....
The Care Act, which came into force in April 2015, brought significant changes to the way social care services are delivered, including new stronger rights for carers to get support. These new rights come at a time where families are under increasing pressure from cuts to services, making it critical that carers know what their rights are....
This factsheet contains information about the new system of care and support that came into place in England on 1 April 2015. The Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 strengthen the rights and recognition of carers in the social care system. New rights entitle carers and the people they care for to a clear right to an assessment of their needs regardless of their income and finances or their level of need.
This factsheet looks at the role of the nearest relative. This is a term used in the Mental Health Act. It covers who someone’s nearest relative would be, what the nearest relative’s rights are and other important information. You may find it useful if you care for someone with a mental illness who is under the Mental Health Act. You might also find it useful if you yourself are under the Mental Health Act.
There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf. It could just be temporary: e.g, if you are in hospital and need help with everyday things such as making sure bills are paid. Or you may need to make more long-term plans if, for example, you have been diagnosed with dementia. Throughout this guide you will find suggestions for organisations that can give further information and advice about your options.