Today 26th November is Carers Rights Day 2020 and this year the theme is ‘Know Your Rights’!
Census in 2011 on Wirral revealed that we had 40,340 unpaid carers. However, we know that 1 in 3 people, young and old, are likely to provide some level of care for family or friends. Whether you’ve been caring for someone for a while or have recently become a carer, it’s important that you know your rights and can get support and information relevant to you.
Do you see yourself as a carer?
During the pandemic, many people have become carers for the first time, and those who were already carers have faced additional challenges. A recent survey of nearly 6,000 carers by Carers UK found that:
- four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
- 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
- 67% worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions.
Find out more about Carers Rights Day 2020 at Carers Rights Day
So, Are you a carer? You can find lots of local support available to you in the ‘Carers’ category of our #Spare5 toolkit:
At Healthwatch Wirral we also want to make sure we hear about carers’ experiences of accessing health and social care, whether that’s attending appointments with the person you care for or getting support for yourself as a carer. You can tell us about your experience by visiting the Feedback Centre and leaving feedback for any services you have used recently – it could be a GP who’s gone above and beyond or a less positive experience with a service that you would like to help improve: https://speakout.healthwatchwirral.co.uk/
If you choose to share your experience, you can let us know that you’re a carer by agreeing to the monitoring questions and answering the relevant question. You don’t have to answer any of other questions in this section but the more information we receive, the better placed we are to help improve health and social care for all Wirral residents.