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 have 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 Carers Scotland Act 2016 has extended and enhanced the rights of both adult and young carers in Scotland. If you are providing care to someone as an unpaid carer you have the right to have your needs assessed.
Carers can request an assessment in a variety of ways. Depending on what you think the level of "eligible needs" are will determine who you choose to approach to be assessed. Carers will be advised and redirected if they approach the incorrect organisation in the first instance.
The assessment is an opportunity to discuss and explore the support you provide, the risks you face, the impact caring has on you and the support you need to carry on caring if you want to.
Assessments are undertaken by Social Work via a Carer Assessment Referral and Lanarkshire Carers Centre or South Lanarkshire Young Carers Service. To find the full information you need to request an assessment please go to:
An assessment can help carers think about what support they may need. The plan using the Local Eligibility Criteria will help you work out what level of support you have a right to. You can request an Adult Carers Support Plan and start your carer conversation with Lanarkshire Carers Centre.
Social Work can and will undertake the Adult Carer Support Plan for those carers who are deemed critical and substantial. If you wish to self-refer directly, you can do this by completing our online Carer Assessment Referral. When you request a plan through Lanarkshire Carers Centre, if the conversation highlights your needs as critical and substantial you will be referred on by them to the appropriate social work team.
An assessment can help young carers think about what support they may need. The plan using the Local Eligibility Criteria will help you work out what level of support you have a right to. If you want a Young Carers Statement you can do this by completing our online Carer Assessment Referral.
You can make the request yourself or you can ask a practitioner to refer you such as your doctor, your teacher or your support or youth worker.