Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
As a carer you may be concerned about how coronavirus will impact your health, the health of the person you care for and/or your caring role. Lanarkshire Carers Centre has provided some useful information and guidance to help you understand the current situation and the impact this will have on their services. The Scottish Government has also issued advice for unpaid carers on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The legal definition of a carer has changed in Scotland to:
'An individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual'.
The Act defines the meaning of a carer.
The Act brings about new legal duties for the local authority and the health board:
- Duty to provide Adult Carer Support Plan
- Duty to provide Young Carers Statement
- Duty to set Eligibility Criteria
- Duty to provide Support
- Duty to establish advice and information services
- A duty on the NHS to inform and involve carers in carers' services and hospital discharge planning
- Duty to prepare a Carers Strategy
- Duty to prepare a Short Breaks Services Statement
The Act affords carers legal rights:
- Right to an Adult Carer Support Plan or Young carers Statement
- Right to support to meet "eligible needs"
- The right to be involved in services
- The right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person you care for
You can also refer to the Glossary to help you understand the terms used.