The Care Act strengthens the rights of people who care for a disabled adult.
Key rights for carers
The Care Act sets out the following rights for people who care for a disabled adult:
- A carer will be entitled to an assessment if it appears that they need support. The carer’s assessment must establish whether the carer is willing and able to continue providing care to the disabled person they are caring for, what impact this has on the carer’s wellbeing, what outcomes the carer wishes in day-to-day life, and whether the carer wishes to access education, training, or recreational activities.
- The carer will have the same rights to an assessment and support as the disabled adult themselves. Therefore once a carer’s assessment has been carried out, the local authority will see which of the carer’s needs are eligible for support, and will then produce a support plan to meet the carer’s needs.
- Local authorities are under a duty to meet a carer’s eligible needs, subject to a financial assessment.
Useful links on The Care Act
Support for carers
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