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.


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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