All carers and the roles they perform are different. You could be a carer for a short time while someone recovers from an injury or illness or it could be a lifelong role. Carers support family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability.
We know from research that caring for someone can be difficult and demanding and can affect your financial, physical, social, emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Carers are often in a prime position to identify the signs of harm or potential harm. Therefore it is vital that we support them to raise awareness of adult protection so as to minimise harm. As part of this, we all have a responsibility to work in partnership with carers to ensure they know where to access appropriate supports when required.
The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 gives carers the right to request a needs assessment from the Social Work Department.
New standards to give people the right to high-quality health and care services have been published for consultation today.
The standards will provide a framework for all health, social work and social care provision in Scotland.
They are being extended to all health and care services - from hospitals and care homes to care at home for adults and children’s day-care services.
The standards set out what people can expect when they use health and social care services and will be used by the Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and other scrutiny bodies during their inspection processes.