The practice aims to identify and provide additional support for carers where possible. If you, without payment, provide help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help, please inform the receptionist/nurse/GP. The criteria do vary; the person you care for may need your help and support due to age, physical or mental illness, addition or disability.
Your Rights As A Carer
Being a Carer
When you become a Carer or your caring situation changes, you may find that your life changes in all sorts of ways. It could affect your work, social and home life and finances.
What are my rights as a carer?
The most important right you have as a Carer is to be listened to and to have your views taken into account.
- you should be involved in planning the services that could be provided for the person you care for; and
- you should be asked if you are able and willing to provide care for that person.
If you are providing substantial and regular care you are entitled to a carer’s assessment.
The Carer Assessment will look at:
- how the caring role affects your life; and
- what support you need as a carer.
Speak to your Coordinator for Carers for further details or your local Social Work Services listed in Section 6 (Useful Contacts).
Many GP surgeries have set up a Carers Register to enable carers to access further support. Please contact your GP surgery for flu vaccinations, health checks and further information.
What practical help is there for me?
1. Carers Organisations
There are various organisations which can offer:
- contact with other carers
They can also direct you to relevant training courses which cover different issues around caring.
2. Getting a break
Breaks from caring are often referred to as respite. They may last a few hours, a few days or even a few weeks. Some of the different ways you can receive a break from caring are described below:
- Home Based Services involve someone coming out to your home to support the person you care for.
- Day Care Services may be available at Day Centres or Day Hospitals depending on a person’s illness or disability.
- Residential/Nursing Care can take the form of the person you care for going into a care home while you have a longer break.
Other types of breaks can be organised through your local Social Work office. As with the other services mentioned in this folder there may be costs involved in using “respite services”.
What if I need someone to talk to?
As well as practical support you may find that you need to be able to talk to someone about how you feel. Support is available from your local carer’s organisation.
Click here to download our Parents and Carers Leaflet (PDF, 125KB)
Carers Together offers a change to socialise and share your caring expertise with other carers.
Visit their website for more information
Supporting Young Carers
Who are young carers?
Young Carers are children and young people under 18 years of age who provide care, assistance or support to another family member. They may carry out significant or substantial caring tasks, often on a regular basis. The person receiving care can be a parent, sibling, grandparent or other relative who is disabled, has a long term illness, mental ill health or a drug or alcohol dependency.
The impact of caring on the lives of young carers is often significant and can affect their education, social development and may also impact on their own health.
Young Carers Projects in Lanarkshire offer a wide range of services to support young carers and their families. For further information contact:
Action for Children, North Lanarkshire Young Carers Project
Town Hall Business Centre
1-11 High Road, Motherwell, ML1 3HU
Telephone: 01698 258801
South Lanarkshire Young Carers Service
4th Floor Brandon Gate
1 Leechlee Road, Hamilton, ML3 0XB
Telephone: 01698 455455/01698 455529/01698 453310
Barbara McAulay, Coordinator for Young Carers Health
South Lanarkshire Carers Network, Voluntary Sector Support Centre
155 Montrose Crescent, Hamilton, ML3 6LQ
Telephone: 01698 285163
Click here for Young Carers information
Click here for more information on the North Lanarkshire Young Carers Service
Click here for the NLC Young Carers Project Referral Form