This press release submitted to the CCG by the Norfolk Carers Agency Partnership
Thousands of carers in Norfolk may be missing out on financial and practical support as they struggle to find and navigate the maze of services and entitlements. This years Carers Rights Day (20th November) will bring together the county’s carers’ information, advice and support organisations to highlight the need for carers in the county to know their rights and find out about how they can get the help and support they are entitled to.
The Care Act, that came into effect this year, is one of the most significant changes to legislation that gives carers - and anybody who may need health or social care services older people and those who are ill or disabled - the legal right to have details of the local information, advice and help available to support their wellbeing and independence. Carers have the same rights as others to talk to social and health care services about their own needs – and get an assessment if necessary - and have a say in the way in which services are developed and delivered.
Kevin Vaughan, CAP Manager, says: “Many people who are looking after a relation or friend who is ill, frail or disabled just don’t realise that they are “carers” and so don’t seek the information, advice and support available from local agencies or from social services and the NHS. They also may not be aware that they can get support from the GP surgery or pharmacy, or from their employer, school or college. And it’s not just people who are new to caring – even those who have been caring for years may not know their entitlements. We’re aiming to get more local communities to “Think Carer”, to highlight what’s available locally and to provide practical, and emotional, support when it’s needed.”
Young adults, under 25, who are looking after someone in the family often find it particularly difficult to be recognised and to get the support they need.
For more information about Carers’ Rights or details of the help and support available throughout Norfolk contact the Carers Agency Partnership (CAP) Helpline on:
Telephone: 0808 808 9876, Website: www.carersagencypartnership.org.uk; Twitter: @CAPNorfolk Facebook CAP Norfolk.
Young Carers/Young Adult Carers
Norfolk Carers Support covers the whole of Norfolk and offers someone to talk to, a chance to meet other carers: Telephone: 01603 219 924