Are you a carer?
Isle of Anglesey County Council believes that carers have:
- The right to be treated with courtesy, respect and dignity and as an equal partner. Carers must be consulted and partnership with statutory agencies is crucial
- The right to a proper assessment of carers needs identified separately from those of the person for whom they are caring
- The right to say No! Carers should not be asked to cope if it is to the detriment of their own health and well being
- The right to expect service to provide information, which is user friendly, comprehensive, accurate, accessible and responsive to individual needs
- The right to a life of their own, in particular the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, or with the person for whom they are caring, free of the usual caring responsibilities
- The right to appropriate services, which are regular, reliable and effective but also flexible - a service which can be trusted. This includes the right to help/support in an emergency/at short notice
Carers look after family members or friends who need care, help or support because of sickness, disability or age. Carers are usually adults or young people and are usually unpaid.
Many carers are isolated and unsupported and some are unable to access paid work, training courses or have a social life because of their caring responsibilities.
Being a carer can bring rewards, but becoming a carer can also turn your life upside down or slowly wear you down.
Carers play a crucial role in society and you have the right to:
- An assessment of your own needs as a carer (a carer’s assessment)
- Information and advice on what services may be available to you and the person you care for
- Help and support to assist you in your caring role
- Have your views heard and taken into consideration