Carers Rights Day aims to raise awareness of what your rights are as a carer and where you can get help and support.
What is Carers Rights Day?
Every year Carers Rights Day aims to help and support carers who may not know their rights or what they are entitled to. This year, it aims to raise awareness of Caring Costs. This includes the financial cost of being a carer and the cost of relationships. Not only can your relationship with the person you're caring for sometimes become strained, but the changes within your other relationships (friends and family) can often suffer.
Now more than ever, due to the current Cost of Living Crisis, it is crucial that carers - paid or otherwise - know what their rights are.
So, what are my rights?
Caring is a rewarding job; there's no doubt about it. Going home every day knowing you have made an impact is a feeling not many people get to experience. However, every day brings along new challenges for carers. Especially today, in a post-pandemic world where people still find it difficult to readjust to routine and normalcy. It's no secret that this has been a very trying few years for the care industry.
There are several ways you can get help as a carer. Whether you're a paid or employed carer or caring for a loved one, you have a right to support. Carers UK has a plethora of helpful material highlighting what you may be entitled to, including financial aid and benefits.
First and foremost, you are entitled to ask for help. At Bluebird Care Wakefield and Kirklees, our carers feel comfortable enough within their team to reach out. Whether it's a matter of finances, health, or emotional support, someone is always on-hand to offer that reassurance. Physical and mental health is one of our top priorities, just as it should be for every business.
Free Carers Assessment
Carers have a right to a free carer's assessment. This assessment will determine what your needs are and what help you might be entitled to from the local authority. If you're a carer, and you're over the age of 18, you're likely to be eligible for an assessment. To book, all you have to do is get in touch with your local social services department. Unsure where to find their number? Find it using GOV.UK.
Hopefully, after reading through this article and visiting the Carers UK website, you now have a much better understanding of the help that is available to you.
If you're not a carer, but you'd like to be, contact us today!
How to find the right care for you or your relative
1. Find your local office
Bluebird Care delivers care from locally based offices, find yours to start your care journey today.
2. Get in touch with us
Fill in our call back form or give us a call to find out how we can help you.
We’ll come out to you to find out what you or your loved one needs to help stay independent at home.
4. Care team chosen & care starts
You'll be cared for by our specially trained team to support you to remain at home for as long as possible.