All people who provide unpaid care for friends, family and neighbours will now have the right to a personalised plan.
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) now delivers services and support for carers. Meetings over the last 18 months involved local carer centres, health and social care professionals, corporate council and education services. The HSCP is working with social work teams planning local training for carer centres and health and social staff to ensure delivery of support for carers in a more co-ordinated way.
Christine Bell from Crossroads Carers Centre, said: “We held a consultation and information sessions with the carers throughout Cowal and Bute. This was delivered through the carers centre, outreach service and our Young Carers project. We asked questions about the eligibility criteria as we wanted to find out if they felt it was a good way of assessing carers’ needs and the impact caring has on them. We also asked if they understood the need for the criteria.
“Overall carers felt that the new act will improve their quality of life. With the help of the Eligibility Criteria, Carers Support Plan and Young Carers Statement we will be able to help carers with their caring role by identifying carers early and supporting them.
“Most importantly we will be able to help prevent the causes of carer breakdown.“