Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, it’s important you understand your rights and can access available support when you need it, The main aims of Carers Rights Day are to (1) help ensure carers are aware of their rights (2) let carers know where to get help and support (3) raise awareness of the needs of carers.
Carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey … in the workplace … in a healthcare setting … when interacting with professionals … or at home. The campaign provides carers with information and support, so they are confident asking for what they need, and know how to challenge things when their rights are not being met.
The pandemic has had a massive impact on unpaid carers, making it more difficult to access services or combine work with a caring role and much more. So it’s more important than ever that carers are aware of their rights. A recent survey by Carers UK with nearly 6,000 carers highlighted that:
- 80% of unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
- 78% reported the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
- 67% worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions
We’ve helped thousands of carers in Sheffield over the last 25 years, so if you’re a carer looking for help or advice take a look around our website or call our free Carers Advice Line on 0114 272 8362
For Carers Rights Day 2021 we’re highlighting that unpaid carers have the right to …
1) … be identified as a carer: Click on the red text for details on the Carers UK website
2) … receive a Carer Assessment: Click on the red text for details on the Carers UK website
3) … protection from discrimination: Click on the red text for details on the Carers UK website
4) … request a free flu jab: Click on the red text for details on the Carers UK website
5) … be consulted on hospital discharge: Click on the red text for details on the Carers UK website
6) … discuss flexible working options: Click on the red text for details on the Carers UK website