Carers Rights Day falls on Thursday, 23 November 2023, a yearly event by Carers UK to shout out about the rights of unpaid carers. This guide offers insights into the rights of unpaid carers today, tomorrow, and what’s on the horizon.
If you’re an unpaid carer juggling work and caregiving, you’ve got the right to ask for flexible working arrangements. For the lowdown on your rights and how to go about it, check Carers UK’s website.
Make sure your GP recognises you as a carer. This might put you in the queue for vaccines and other health campaigns. Templates and resources on Carers UK’s website can help with this. www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/your-health-and-wellbeing/talking-to-your-gp/
Look after yourself by getting a free flu jab. If you’re the main carer for someone at risk or get Carer’s Allowance, a free flu jab should be on offer. Carers are also a priority group for Covid booster jabs this winter.
The Equality Act 2010 has your back – it shields unpaid carers from discrimination or harassment.
Whether it’s called an adult carer support plan in Scotland or a carer’s needs assessment in Wales, as a carer, you’re entitled to an assessment.
Knowing your rights is key, especially if you feel you’ve been treated unfairly because of your caring role. Carers UK’s website has resources to help you navigate different legislations.www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/our-campaigns/carers-rights-day
When the person you care for is leaving the hospital, they should be involved and consult with you.