Fabiani calls for emergency plans for carers of adults with a learning disability as “absolute priority” in carers bill debate
The new Bill will strengthen the support available to Scotland’s carers, the principles of which were later agreed to by members of the Scottish Parliament.
The Carers Bill will give every adult carer the right to a support plan, setting out their needs and the help and support they are entitled to. Carers and carer’s organisations have said that support for the cared for person when they are unexpectedly available is a significant concern for carers.
“I appreciate the whole intent of the Bill is to ensure a more consistent approach to supporting carers, who make a tremendous and selfless contribution to society. Through the Bill, Local councils will have to publish local carer strategies, and each local authority area will have to provide an advice and information service for carers.
“I know of many carers in East Kilbride who have been calling for this for years, and it is great we are now considering a Bill that will enshrine carer’s rights in law for the first time in Scotland. I stressed that implementation is hugely important –especially in on-going matters such as monitoring, funding, guidance, regulations and legislation.
“I highlighted several points which I feel should be addressed in the Bill. Firstly, I would support priority for emergency plans for carers of adults with a learning disability.
“I also drew attention to those who care for people with early-onset dementia, and how it is often the case that their partner is working and has a career. It is imperative to find the right interaction between social care and the right home care package for all involved.
“In order to get what is best for the wellbeing of the entire family unit, the person who requires care and the needs of the carer need to be taken fully into account. That will undoubtedly involve consistency in approach, which doesn’t necessarily involve ticking boxes and following guidebooks. This Bill will hopefully address a number of issues, ensuring carers are better supported.”