Advice for Carers
If you are looking after someone such as your spouse, partner, parent or other relative, you are a carer even if you don't think of yourself as one because you are 'just helping your family'.
Caring for someone can be rewarding, but it can also be exhausting and frustrating and many carers do not receive the help they are entitled to.
In Scotland, the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 defines a carer as someone who 'provides or intends to provide care for another individual’. The law gives you the right to support from your local council in your caring role and also support to help you improve and maintain your health and wellbeing.
You may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a person with a health condition or disability, and who receives a qualifying disability benefit such as Attendance Allowance. See our guides below or for more information call the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222.
Age Scotland produces information specifically for older carers, and for people caring for someone with Early Stage Dementia.
For expert information about rights and support for carers:
The Coalition of Carers in Scotland – for detailed information about your rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act.
Carers Trust – a charity working with a local network of carers’ centres.
Carers UK – provides advice and information to carers, as well as support through local carers’ groups and their telephone listening service.
Care Information Scotland – Scottish Government information if you look after someone, need care yourself or are planning for your future care needs.
The Age Scotland Helpline
Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.