The Care Act 2014 provides carers with certain rights, and it is useful to be aware of these and how they can support you in your caring role.

Carer's Assessment

If you are looking after someone who can’t manage without your help and they live in East Sussex you can approach Adult Social Care (ASC) and ask for a Carer's Assessment. You could be caring for someone in your family, a partner, a friend or neighbour.

If you are sharing caring responsibilities with another person, including a child under 18 you can each have a Carer’s Assessment.

You can have an assessment even if the person you care for does not meet the eligibility criteria, or has chosen not to seek support from ASC.

You can do the online assessment eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/carers/assessment/ or telephone Health and Social Care Connect to ask for an assessment.  If a worker from ASC comes to the home of the person you care to carry out a face-to-face assessment you can ask them to look at your needs as a joint assessment.

If you want support to complete the online assessment, Care for the Carers can help either face-to-face or over the phone.   Contact our Gateway service to arrange an appointment - call us on 01323 738390, email us on [email protected], or text us on 07860 077300.

The Carer's Assessment can be completed over the phone, online or face-to-face. Please contact Health and Social Care Connect by phoning 0345 60 80 191 (calls are charged at your phone company’s local rate and may be recorded.) Textphone: 01323 466630, email [email protected], or text message 07797 878111.

To complete a self-assessment online, visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/carers/assessment/

For more information about what's involved in a Carer's Assessment, you can download the fact sheet here.

Request for a flexible working pattern and taken time off in emergencies

As an unpaid carer you have a right to request flexible working, time off in emergencies and parental leave.

The Employment Rights Act 1996 gives all employees the right to take a 'reasonable' amount of time off work in order to deal with an emergency involving a dependant. It is at the discretion of the employer, whether or not the time off is paid or unpaid.

If you are an employee with 26 weeks continuous employment at the time you make an application, you have the right to request flexible working.

You also have the right not to be discriminated against or dismissed because you have made the request.  

To find out more about your rights visit the Carers UK website here or download the Carers UK factsheet.

It is important to know what benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to. It might make a difference to your pension entitlements in the future or bring in extra money to help pay for care.

To find out what benefits you may be entitled to call HARC on 01424 428375 or call Carers UK Adviceline on 0808 808 7777

For further information about the Care Act, and for useful factsheets regarding Carers Rights and benefits see the Carers UK website: http://shopcarersuk.org/en/products/view-products/information-booklets  

How Care for the Carers can help you

If you would like to know more about your rights as a carer, guidance through the health and social care system, or help to find out about welfare rights, training, and development opportunities call us on 01323 738390.