You may get support if you are caring for someone with a mental illness. You can ask the local authority to assess your needs by asking for a Carer’s assessment. The local authority can give you support and services if you have ‘eligible needs’. This section explains eligible needs, how you can get an assessment, and what support you may get.
- The Care Act 2014 recognises the equal importance of supporting carers and the people they care for.
- The Care Act gives carers the right to support from their local authority. You can get this support through a carer’s assessment.
- A carer’s assessment should look at all your needs, including the things you would like to be able to do in your daily life. Your needs should be written down in a support plan.
- You can get a personal budget and direct payments from the local authority to pay for services.
This section covers:
- What is a Carer?
- Why would I need social care services?
- What does my local authority have to do to help me?
- How does the local authority decide I have eligible needs?
- Can I get help during assessment and planning?
- How will the local authority meet my eligible needs?
- Will I have to pay for social services?
- How can I deal with problems with social care?
In this section, we will talk about your ‘local authority’. This is the organisation that manages public services in your area. Your local authority is responsible for social care services. It can also be called your ‘local council’, or ‘council’. We will use the letters ‘LA’ to talk about your local authority.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2018. Next review April 2021.
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