Who Cares

Who Cares? A Family Affair

How can you tell who is a carer and who isn't?

A carer is someone who looks after a relative or a friend, because of age, disability or they cannot manage at home independently. Carers support people with a range of different needs on a long term basis.
Someone who isn’t a carer would be a mum for example.
But if you are a carer you would have to meet the criteria.
· Care for someone 35 hrs and more
· Be over 16 and not studying
· Care for someone who is disabled
· Does not earn more that £95 week

A good example of someone being a carer is a woman called Ann.
Ann is the step-daughter of Angus, who is 80yrs old and suffers from Parkinson disease.
Doing all her duties-
· Personal Services toileting and washing
· Physical labour helping Angus up the stairs, in and out of bed etc
· Administrates medicine
· Keeps him company
Proves her identity goes beyond being a step-daughter and into a carer. Ann’s family expected her to take care of Angus, with Ann feeling she had no choice.
So many family members fall in to being a carer this way, feeling they have the responsibility to take care of a grandparent, parent or siblings.

Its difficult deciding if someone is a carer or not because there are a few complicating factors that have to be looked at.

Duration and Frequency
The government have decided to calculate the time a person is looked after for; this has to be more than 35 hrs a week and if the person is over 16. The person being looked after must be in receipt of disability allowance. This qualifies a person for the carer’s allowance.
Ann realised that she did look after Angus for more than 35 hrs and should have been entitled to carer’s allowance.

The table below shows a breakdown of Ann’s hours.

Washing and Toileting|2 hrs a day, 7 Days a week= 14 hrs|
Helping Angus in and out of bed.Up and down the stairs.|1.5 hrs a day, 7 days a week=10.5 hrs|
Giving Angus his medicine|1.5 hrs a day, 7 days a...