A carer may be a relative or friend of someone who needs (or will need) help and support to manage their life due to:
- a mental health problem
- a substance misuse problem
You might be an adult, or still at school. Exceptions are:
- where the cared-for person is under 18 and is receiving care proportionate to their age
- where you are paid to provide the care you give
Full definitions of “Carer”, “Young Carer” and “Adult Carer” can be found in the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.
Examples of support
The following are examples of the support you may receive. Some support may be provided by external agencies:
- information and advice
- breaks from caring by providing support for the person you care for
- emergency and future care planning
- emotional and practical support to help you carry on caring
- an emergency carers' card, which would let others know that you regularly provide care for someone if you were involved in an emergency
- occupational therapy services such as disability advice, special equipment and household adaptations
- welfare benefits advice
Adult carer support plans and young carer statements
If you are a carer you can ask for an Adult Carer Support Plan or a Young Carer Statement, as outlined in the Scottish Government's Carers' Charter.
Local Eligibility Criteria have been developed in partnership with carers and their representative organisations. The document outlines the process that will be followed to determine your needs and whether there is a duty or a power to provide support to meet them. It will ensure a clear and transparent process to determine eligibility so that carers are appropriately supported.