You may get support if you are caring for someone with a mental illness. You can ask the local authority (LA) to assess your needs by asking for a carer’s assessment. The LA can give you support and services if you have eligible needs. This section explains how you can get an assessment and what support you may get.
- The Care Act 2014 is the law from April 2015. From April 2015 the rules and guidance about carer’s assessments and support change.
- If you want a carer’s assessment after April 2015 the new rules apply.
- The Care Act 2014 has wellbeing at the heart of social care. It makes services for carers and the people they care for equal.
- The assessment should look at all your needs, including the things you would like to do in your daily life.
- You can get a personal budget and direct payments to pay for services.
This section covers:
1. What is a carer?
2. Why would I need social care services?
3. What does my local authority have to do to help me?
4. How does the local authority decide I have eligible needs?
5. Can I get help during assessment and planning?
6. How will the local authority meet my eligible needs?
7. Will I have to pay for social services?
8. I am already getting services will anything change for me?
9. How can I deal with problems with social care?
The ‘local authority’ is the organisation which manages public services in your area. Your local authority is responsible for social services. Local authority can be called ‘local council’ or ‘council’. We use LA to when we talk about the local authority in this section.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2016. Next review April 2018.
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