It is important for stroke carer’s to know your rights so that you can get the help you need. The following organisations will be able to give you information on your rights.
- Citizens Advice Scotland. They can give you individual help with issues about money, family, daily life and rights. They offer advice about health rights via the Patient Advice and Support Service.
There are 82 Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland. See website for your local office. All services are free.
- Health Rights Information Scotland. This website has a section for carers. Their booklet Caring and Consent is available. Also on the site, information about confidentiality, access to health records and how to make a complaint about the NHS.
- Carers Scotland produce a comprehensive carer’s rights guide.
- Scottish Government. The New Mental Health Act (2006): Rights of Carers – information for people who care for a service user.
- Carers UK. Guide Looking after someone. A Carers Rights guide.
- Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know?
- The Carers Trust: Find your local carer centre.
Shetland Voluntary Services can be contacted for local carer information or support groups. Shetland Voluntary Services. Market House. Lerwick. Tel: 01595743900.
If you have any difficulties accessing services or if you have been refused a service, contact your local carer organisation as they may be able to assist you with any appeal or act as your advocate if you are finding it difficult to know what to say or how to approach a large organisation.