Find Out About Your Rights as a Carer

This year's Carers Rights Day is focussed on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have.

The pandemic has had a massive impact on the lives of carers, affecting access to services, the ability to juggle work and care and much more. That's why it’s more important than ever that carers are aware of what they have the right to.

Carers have the right to... discuss flexible working options

Juggling work and care can be very challenging, so it’s important to understand the rights you have both in law and with your employer.

Your rights in work come from two sources:

  • the law gives you ‘statutory rights’ which everyone has
  • your contract of employment gives you ‘contractual rights’ which can be more generous than statutory rights.

If you're looking for information on your rights or how to prepare yourself to discuss flexible working with your employer, please get in touch.

We also help with anyone who wants to return to work by providing training, placements and support.

Carers have the right to... protection from discrimination

If you look after an older or disabled person, the law - under the Equality Act 2017 - protects you against direct discrimination or harassment because of your caring responsibilities.

This is because you are counted as being 'associated' with someone who is protected by the law because of their age or disability. 

We have information available that explains discrimination by association and harassment, which may be useful if you feel you have been treated unfairly because of your caring role.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against because of your caring role, Crossroads can help you with Carer Advocacy.  

Carers have the right to... request a free flu jab

Are you worried about becoming ill and unable to cope this winter?

If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person, who may be put at risk if you became ill, you are eligible for a free flu jab, and have the right to request one from your GP surgery or your local pharmacist.

For more information please visit www.gov.im/flu.

Carers have the right to... receive a Carer's Assessment

Many carers find it easier to continue in their caring role if they can get some assistance. If it appears that they have needs for support, they can have a Carer’s Assessment.

All carers on Island are entitled to a Carer’s Assessment which gives them the opportunity to review what help they need to support them in their caring role and make decisions about the level of support they can provide. Carer’s Assessments are also important in signposting other services.

To find out more about how to access a Carer’s Assessment and the support that might be available to you, please contact Crossroads.  

Carers have the right to... be consulted on hospital discharge

If you are an unpaid carer and the person you care for is being discharged from hospital, you should be a part of the discharge planning and you should be consulted with.

Crossroads can help prepare you for the decisions that need to be made post hospital stay.

If you are an unpaid carer and want to find out more about your rights, please get in touch.

 

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