Carers' Act

The Carers' (Scotland) Act 2016 introduces a number of duties to be implemented by the HSCP, to support carers' health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable.

Carers

The measures and duties introduced by the Act from 1 April 2018, include:

changing the definition of carer - a carer is "an individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual";

the introduction of an Adult Carer Support Plan (replacing carer assessments) and a duty to prepare one for anyone identified as a carer, or for any carer who requests one;

a duty to prepare young carers' statements;

a duty to provide support to carers that meet local eligibility criteria;

a duty to establish and maintain advice and information services for carers;

a duty to create local carer strategies; and

a duty to involve carers in the hospital discharge procedures of the person they care for.

 

 

 

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