You are a carer if you provide regular and substantial unpaid
help to someone who is frail or disabled, or mentally or physically
ill, and who cannot manage without your support. You may not live
in the same house, and you do not have to be related to the person
you look after.
There are three pieces of
legislation which apply to carers, these are:
- The Carers (Recognition and
Services Act 1995)
- The Carers and Disabled Children
- The Carers Equal Opportunities Act
All the Acts give carers the right to have their needs for
support, information and advice assessed and responded to. To
qualify for support under the above legislation you need to be
carrying out regular and substantial care for the person you are
As a carers you are entitled to a
Carers Assessment looks at an individuals circumstances and
indentifies what care needs you may have.
Social care staff will record
your views and take them into account when they decide what
services, if any, may be appropriate.
Anyone wanting help, advice or
assistance completing the carers assessment form should contact
Sefton Carers Centre or
Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre.
Sefton Carers Centre have produced an
information booklet about services
provided through the Centre.
Last Updated on 8/6/2013