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Care Act - Implications for carers

From the 1st April 2015, The Care Act placed new duties on local authorities in the way that they provides care and support to adults who have a long term illness, disability or are older and frail; as well as their carers and families.

The Act mainly relates to adult carers (over the age 18 years) who are caring for another adult, as parent carers caring for a child and young carers are covered under the Children and Families Act 2014. However, the Act does make provision for a young carer or an adult carer of a disabled child to request an assessment of their caring needs in advance of the young carer or disabled child reaching 18 years.

Under The Care Act, unpaid carers are recognised by law and are entitled to a carers’ assessment on the basis of an appearance of a need for support, which is a result of the care they are providing.

A carers’ assessment will seek to establish:

  • the carer’s needs for support

  • the practical and emotional sustainability of the caring role

  • the willingness and ability of the carer to continue to provide this support

The assessment must also consider

  • the impact of the carers support needs on their wellbeing

  • the outcomes the carers desires from daily life

  • the impact of their caring responsibilities on their ability to work, access education, training or recreation.

  • Whether support could help the carer achieve their outcomes

  • Whether the adult, their support network (family and friends) and wider community can contribute towards meeting the outcomes the carer wants to achieve

  • Whether the carer would benefit from preventative support or information and advise

Following an assessment, a carer maybe eligible for support, based national eligibility rules, (responsibility for determining eligibility does remain with the local authority).

Carers may be eligible for support even if the person they care for is not eligible for support or chooses not to receive support.

For more information regarding carers assessments contact Dudley Carers Hub on 01384 818723 or email carers.network@dudley.gov.uk