In 2014 The Care Act was introduced in order to make care and support more consistent across the country.
The act strengthened your rights as a carer in a number of ways:
The Care Bill in many respects marks a quiet revolution in our attitudes towards, and expectations of, carers. At last, carers will be given the same recognition, respect and parity of esteem with those they support. Historically, many carers have felt that their roles and their own well-being have been undervalued and under-supported. Now we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be truly acknowledged and valued as expert partners in care. -Dame Philippa Russell, Chair, Standing Commission on Carers
It’s an opportunity to find out about your situation and how Adult Social Care in Stockport may be able to help. It is not a test of your ability to care, but an opportunity for the borough's social care team to understand how you can be supported in maintaining your own health and balancing caring with other aspects of your life.
The aim is to help relieve the pressure on you as a carer, and to understand, recognise and relieve the emotional, physical and practical effect caring has on your life. Assessments may be carried out at the same time as the needs of the person you care for are considered. Alternatively, it may be completed separately and in private if you wish.
All carers are entitled to an assessment, as long as you are caring for an adult over 18 who lives in Stockport (if they live outside Stockport you need to contact the Local Authority area where they live). Even if the person you care for doesn't receive support from Adult social Care, you are still entitled to a separate Carers Assessment.
When decisions are made about the type of help and support for the person you care for, your own rights and needs as a carer also need to be addressed. This includes any training, education, work and leisure activities.
For more information or to request a Carer’s Assessment, contact our Carer Support team via our online form or on 0161 442 0442.