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Video explains the care in place for carers

Press Release: 23/04/2021

 

Carers VideoARE you a carer? Or do you see yourself simply as a dutiful relative or friend? Whatever the case, Tameside Council can offer you the advice and support you need and deserve – and getting that help has never been easier.

In a newly-released YouTube video, care service leader Lina Patel explains who is seen as a carer, the huge range of support that’s available, how to get that support, and how carers have legal status and entitlements under the terms of the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.

Essentially, you’re a carer if someone depends on you and you look after them on an unpaid basis. You don’t need to be receiving benefits.

Statistics show there are far more carers in Britain than many people would expect. In the 2011 census, 11 per cent of respondents described themselves as carers. In 2019, the Carers UK charity estimated that one in eight UK adults was a carer, which equates to more than six million people.

Lina said: “Carers sometimes don’t see themselves as having that label. They might think ‘I’m looking after somebody as a family-member or as a friend’ and see it as something they have to do.

“However, by not describing themselves as a carer they could be missing out on vital information and advice.

“For example, if the Department of Work and Pensions know you’re a carer they see you get any benefits you’re entitled to. By registering with a GP you might get longer or more flexible appointments. At Tameside Hospital there’s a new carers’ passport that could give you access to someone outside visiting hours.

“If you register with the Tameside Carers Service we can make sure you quickly get the right support. You’ll always be able to find information, advice, guidance and a listening ear.”

Lina’s video, which gives full details of what it is to be a carer, and what is offered by Tameside Council, is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRTSS6wliv4

To contact Tameside Carers Centre call 0161 342 3344, email carerscentre@tameside.gov.uk or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/carers/centre

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