#CarersWeek – Making caring visible, valued and supported
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older. It is also an opportunity for those who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
Head of Private Client & Long-Term Care, Heledd Wyn said: “Carers do an amazing job – whether they are paid or unpaid, volunteers with a passion for care or reluctant carers who may find themselves taking a more active role than they ever imagined.
No matter which camp you fall into, it is important to remember that there is help out there – whether this is the local authority’s obligation to provide a carer’s assessment under the Care Act 2014 or joining a support group that allows you to meet fellow carers – it is important not to feel alone.”
You can find lots of practical advice online – the Carers UK website is a useful hub of information and resources that connect carers together, so no-one has to care alone.
We understand that looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, including getting the right legal support e.g., what are your employment rights as a carer or what support is the person you care for entitled to? There are several ways a solicitor can advise and help you to ensure a plan is in place, providing you with peace of mind.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people, known as ‘attorneys’, to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.
Without an LPA, no one has legal authority to deal with any financial or business matters or make any decisions on your behalf.
There are two types of LPA, covering property and financial matters and health and welfare decisions.
The first thing to do is find out if the person you are caring for has an LPA, and if you have been named by them to act as their attorney. If there is not an LPA in place, one of our specialist care planning solicitors can help set one up. You can find out more information about what to do next here.
Help with finances
It is always worth checking whether you, or the person you are caring for, are entitled to any benefits and whether there is any other funding that may be available.
Under the Care Act 2014 the local authority is under an obligation to undertake an assessment of both the person who needs care and the carer. This can highlight issues that you may not have considered and provide you with additional support.
With increased pressure on services however, these assessments may be significantly delayed, so it is worth considering whether your relative’s care needs are already being adequately managed or whether third party oversight is useful.
How can a solicitor help?
Our dedicated team of care planning solicitors regularly assist individuals and their carers to navigate the systems and processes surrounding long-term care. From preparing for a financial assessment to challenging the decision and providing practical advice on funding care, we take a holistic approach to ensure we’ve covered all ground before moving forward in your case.
Specialist Long-Term Care Solicitors
Our friendly team of care planning solicitors regularly assist individuals in navigating the systems and processes surrounding long-term care.
For advice about Lasting Powers or Attorney, financial arrangements, or any aspect of long-term and elderly care, please contact our team of specialist care planning solicitors on 0117 906 9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.