12th November 2018Category: General
This year Carers Rights Day takes place on Friday 30th November and the theme is “Caring for Your Future”.
When you become a carer it can seem as though the future is totally out of your control, however there are steps you can take to prepare for the changes to come.
Contacting your local carer’s organisation for help is one of the first steps you should take. Below are just some of the ways we can help you to plan for the future.
All carers are entitled to a Carers Assessment from their local authority. In Allerdale and Copeland West Cumbria Carers carry out these assessments on behalf of Cumbria County Council.
The purpose of the assessment is to discuss the support YOU need to carry out your caring role. The assessment process will identify what help is available and a support plan will be put in place for the coming 12 months. The assessment is reviewed annually (sooner if your caring role changes) and the support adjusted as required.
Carrying a Carers Emergency Card can provide peace of mind.
The scheme enables you to develop a plan of action should you be unable to look after the person you care for during an emergency. For example if you are rushed in to hospital due to your own health problems.
A 24 hour response centre keeps a copy of your plan and will activate it when requested. You will be provided with a Carers Emergency Card which shows the phone number to call to activate the plan. You should carry this card at all times.
For more information about this scheme click here.
Putting Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place can help you to stay in control of your future.
With a LPA you can make the choice about what should happen in the future if you are not able to look after your own affairs. There are two types of LPA, one deals with Financial Decisions the other with Health and Care decisions.
If you are a carer you may wish to have an LPA for yourself and/or the person you care for.
For more information about Lasting Power of Attorney and how they can help click here.
There are a range of different types of equipment and adaptations which could make your life easier and provide the person you care for with more independence.
You may be able to get help with the cost of these following a needs assessment for the person you care for.
Click the links below for more information or to request a needs assessments from Cumbria County Council.
There are a number of employee rights which, depending on individual circumstances, could benefit carers who also work.
These include the right to ask your employer for flexible working arrangements, time off for emergencies and parental leave.
If you want to know more about Carers Rights there is a wealth of information online, below are some useful links: