The concept of wellbeing is central to The Care Act. The principle of promoting wellbeing is the driving force behind this piece of legislation and local councils now have a duty to promote an individual's wellbeing - both the wellbeing of the cared for and the wellbeing of the carer. This means that they should always consider the impact of caring on your wellbeing. They should look at how the caring role is impacting upon the following:
• Personal dignity
• Physical mental health
• Protection from abuse and neglect
• Control over day to day life
• Participation in work, education or training
• Social and economic wellbeing
• Domestic, family and personal relationships
• Suitability of living accommodation
There are two ways you can go about improving your wellbeing.
Carers health check
You can ask your GP for a carers health check. Here your GP will assess your physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. They can then offer support services to improve your health and wellbeing. The aim is to get you feeling happier and healthier.
If you feel that your caring role is having a negative impact on your own health or daily life you can request a carers assessment from the council. The assessment will look at the impact that your caring role is having on your health and wellbeing. Information, advice and supportive services will be offered where needed to improve your wellbeing and health.
To find out more about a carers assessment contact Dudley Carers Network
on 01384 818723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org