Carers Rights Day – Survey reveals half of Hampshire unpaid carers are unaware of carer’s assessments

Today is Carers Rights Day and the theme is Know Your Rights. Our survey of unpaid carers showed many are unaware of their rights and support that is available.
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Carers UK organises national Carers Rights Day and the theme for 2020 is 'Know Your Rights' – which fits in perfectly with our survey of unpaid carers across Hampshire, which revealed that just 11% of them had been able to get a carers assessment during the pandemic.

According to Carers UK:

  • Four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
  • 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
  • Two thirds (67%) worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions.

Carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey and Carers UK have published a guide which you can read here for more information about carers rights.

Carers Together, a Hampshire support group, have also produced a really useful leaflet on carers rights which you can read here

Caring during Covid Survey

Healthwatch Hampshire has been undertaking its own survey of those looking after relatives and loved ones during the pandemic and a full report will be published very soon. In the survey, carers told us that:

  • 71% had seen an increase in the number of hours spent caring
  • 75% said caring during Covid had a negative impact on their mental health
  • 42% said their GP was a very helpful source of support and information

However, we also found out that 45% of the carers who responded had not registered with their GP as a carer and 51% didn’t know what carer’s assessments were.

The Care Act 2014 states that anyone who helps another adult (usually a relative or friend) in their day-to-day life has the right to a carer’s assessment, regardless of the amount or type of care they provide or their financial circumstances.

Carer’s assessments give people the opportunity to reflect on their needs and identify what community services and charities can support them.

There is clearly a need for more information to help unpaid carers to know what their rights and entitlements are.

We have added some more sources of information and advice on our Support for Carers – Advice and Information page – about rights and how to get a carer’s assessment.

Our full report will be published soon and it will be available on our website.

If you’d like to receive a copy, please drop an email to: carers@healthwatchhampshire.co.uk

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