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Carers have the right to… Posted On 25 November 2021

 

Can you finish this sentence?

 

A carer is a family member (or paid helper) who regularly looks after a child, or a sick, elderly, or disabled person. But to be a carer, it takes much more than just showing up. Carers are respectful, empathetic, reliable, patient, practical, observant and, above all, caring.

 

Carers UK have dedicated the 25th November each year to carer’s rights. Each year, Carers Rights Day helps to: ensure carers are aware of their rights, let carers know where to get help and support, and to raise awareness of the needs of carers.

 

This year's Carers Rights Day campaign will focus on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have. The pandemic has had a massive impact on the lives of carers. That's why it’s more important than ever that carers are aware of what they have the right to.

 

Carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey: whether they are in the workplace, in a healthcare setting, when interacting with professionals or at home. This Carers Rights Day, the aim is to empower carers with information and support, so they can feel confident asking for what they need, as well as knowing how to challenge things when their rights are not being met.

 

The need for this day is evident. In a recent survey by Carer’s UK of nearly 6000 carers, it was discovered: 

 

  • Four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
  • 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
  • Two thirds (67%) worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions.

 

But how can you help? Sometimes pointing someone in the right direction for help, advice and support can make all the difference. Sharing posts on social media will help raise awareness. If you do know anyone who is a carer, why not do something nice for them? Host a coffee morning and be a supportive ear or, drop round a care package and encourage them to research their rights.

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