If you think that you or a loved-one may need help with their social care, then there is a system in place which will support you through the process.
The responsibility for social care rests with individual local authorities but there is a nationwide framework to ensure that everyone who is eligible for care gets the support that they need. Under the Care Act of 2014, every person who believes that they need some form of support or social care is entitled to an assessment by their local authority. The assessment can be arranged in a number of ways – you can be referred by your GP or social worker if you have one, or you can apply to your local authority – or council – directly yourself.
Assessment of Care Needs
The assessment normally involves completing a questionnaire followed by a more detailed assessment by either a social worker or appropriate medical professional who will carry out the assessment on your behalf.
The assessment will look at such aspects as:
Your local authority then has to decide if you are eligible for support. Eligibility is assessed against a national framework which has been published by the government and is designed to ensure that all eligible people are supported appropriately, regardless of where they live.
Your Support Plan
If you are eligible for support – your local authority will work with you to produce your personal Support Plan which will outline your support and how it will be provided. You will be given a personal budget for the amount of money that is calculated to cover your support. This money is spent in one of two ways.
More information on the process and funding arrangements can be found on the Money Advice Service web site .