1.4 Terms such as
as belittling to the
1.5 "...The term 'carer' means
someone who looks after a
friend, relative or neighbour
who needs support because of
their sickness, age or disability.
It does not mean a
proffessional care-worker in a
nursing home, for example - or
someone employed by a
disabled person." DIRECT GOV
1.5.1 WHO IS A TYPICAL CARER
*STATISTICAL DATA FROM 2001*
220.127.116.11 6 million unpaid carers
equal to 12% of adult
18.104.22.168.1 58% women
22.214.171.124.2 42% Men
126.96.36.199 Peak age for caring is between 50 - 59 years
188.8.131.52 68% provide 0 -19HPW
184.108.40.206 11% provide 20-49HPW
220.127.116.11 21% provide 50+HPW
1.6 How do people become Carers?
1.6.1 Family Obligations
18.104.22.168 Only Child
22.214.171.124 Closest relative
1.6.2 Reciprication of care
126.96.36.199 Person requiring care assists in other ways eg. Babysitting, Cooking.
188.8.131.52 "Paying back" of caring role previously held by person requiring care (eg. parent)
1.6.3 "Expected to do it"
184.108.40.206 "Woman's work"
220.127.116.11 Only Child
18.104.22.168 Live with person requiring care.
1.6.4 No one else to help
22.214.171.124 Person has no family/ family live far away
126.96.36.199 Isolated community
188.8.131.52 Do not know what help is available or where to ask.
1.6.5 Do not see themselves as "Carers"
184.108.40.206 Often the amount of care and
support given "creeps up" on
the Carer - not fully aware of
how much they have taken on
and the demands that this
places on them and the
220.127.116.11 ADVANTAGES OF
18.104.22.168.1 This is important to...
22.214.171.124.1.1 CARER: If they wish to
apply for financial
126.96.36.199.1.2 BUDGET HOLDERS:
So they can plan
what support is required in
So they know who
They are legally
obliged to take
a carer's caring
188.8.131.52.2 May be entitled to practical help and support
184.108.40.206.2.1 Carer's allowance
220.127.116.11.2.2 Support targeted to their needs
18.104.22.168.2.3 "Proffessional Carer's" assistance
22.214.171.124.2.4 "Home Responsibility Protection"
- pension is protected if unable to
126.96.36.199.2.5 Legislation places a duty on the local
authority to let Carers know what
support they are entitled to.
188.8.131.52.3 Legislation makes it possible
for the Carer to have their
assessed - not just the person
184.108.40.206.4 Large step admitting being a Carer to
oneself as well as others
220.127.116.11 DISADVANTAGES OF
18.104.22.168.1 complicating factors
22.214.171.124.1.1 TIME SPENT CARING
126.96.36.199.1.1.1 Must be over 35 HPW
to meet Government
definition for financial assistance.
188.8.131.52.1.1.2 May fluctuate or be difficult to measure
184.108.40.206.1.2 LABELLING AND
220.127.116.11.1.2.1 May not want/accept "Carer" label
18.104.22.168.1.2.2 Difficult to accept or
clashes/contrasts with percieved
22.214.171.124.1.3.1 Caring may be recipricated - not just
"one way" caring
126.96.36.199.1.3.2 Often happens within famiies
188.8.131.52.1.4.1 Extended family may also be
assisting with care tasks
184.108.40.206.1.4.2 Definition of carer focusses
attention on one person even if
there is a network of support
220.127.116.11.2 May not qualify for any "outside support"
18.104.22.168.3 May be unwilling to admit they
are a Carer either to themselves
or other people
22.214.171.124.4 The person they care for may
be unwilling to accept they
are being cared for
126.96.36.199.5 Caring role may fluctuate -
would qualify some times but
188.8.131.52.6 Places the onus, and
acceptance of responsibility
onto the Carer.
2 Usually unpaid by
2.1 May be eligible for
Carers Allowance and
apply - may affect both
existing benefits not
only of carer but also
the person requiring
2.2 In 2006 - 6 million Carers in
2.3 SAVE THE GOVERNMENT BILLIONS OF
POUNDS IN CARING FEES
3 Recognised role in legislation.
3.1 Carers (recognition and Services) Act 1995
3.1.1 First Legislation to officially recognise Carer
role - amended Social Work (Scotland) Act.
3.2 Carers Equal Opportunities Act 2004
3.3 Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002
3.4 Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968
3.5 All current legislation covers carers
aged 18 and over - No legislation
at present for carers under this age
however in Scotland a new
Carers law is in the consultation
stages which will include young
Carers for the first time.