What are your rights as a carer?
The Carers Act 2004 provides carers with certain rights including:
• An assessment of their needs
• For certain services to be provided by their local authority
• Free intermediate care (such as temporary child care) for up to eight weeks after a patient leaves hospital.
• Direct payments, payment instead of social care and vouchers instead of break services.
The Act provides carers with more choice and opportunity to lead a more fulfilling life, by ensuring that carers receive information about their rights and ensuring their assessments consider leisure, training and work opportunities. It gives local authorities strong powers to enlist the help of housing, education and health authorities in supporting carers.
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