The care Act 2014 gives local authorities a responsibility to assess a carers need for care and support, where the carer appears to have needs. The assessment will consider the impact of caring on the carer. It will also consider the things that a carer wants to achieve in their day to day life. It must also consider other important issues, such as whether the carer is able and willing to carry on caring, whether they want to work and whether they want to study or do more socially. If the carer and the cared for person agree, a combined assessment of both needs can be undertaken.
When the assessment is complete, the local authority must decide whether the carers needs are eligible for support from the local authority. The threshold is based on the impact a carers need for support has on their wellbeing. This approach is similar to that used for adults with care and support needs. It may be that the best way to meet the carers needs is to provide care and support directly to the person being cared for, for example providing replacement care to allow the carer to take a break. It is possible to do this as long as the person needing care and support agrees and is eligible for services in their own right. Other carers may just need the support available from immediate family and friends and/or Carers IW.
A carer meets the eligibility criteria if:
The needs arise as a consequence of providing necessary care for an adult. As a result:
Their health is at risk.
They are unable to achieve specified outcomes.
As a consequence of that fact there is, or there is likely to be, a significant impact on the carer’s wellbeing.
A carer is to be regarded as being unable to achieve an outcome if the carer:
Is unable to achieve it without assistance.
Is able to achieve it without assistance but doing so causes significant pain, distress or anxiety, or is likely to endanger health or safety.
The specified outcomes are:
Carrying out any caring responsibilities the carer has for a child.
Providing care to other persons for whom the carer provides care.
Maintaining a habitable home environment.
Managing and maintaining nutrition.
Developing and maintaining family or other significant personal relationships.
Engaging in work, training, education or volunteering.
Making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including recreational facilities or services.
Engaging in recreational activities.
Definition of wellbeing - “Wellbeing” is a broad concept, and it is described as relating to the following areas in particular:
- Personal dignity (including treatment of the individual with respect).
- Physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing.
- Protection from abuse and neglect.
- Control by the individual over day to day life (including over care and support provided and the way it is provided).
- Participation in work, education, training and recreation.
- Social and economic wellbeing.
- Domestic, family and personal relationships.
- Suitability of living accommodation.
- The individuals contribution to society.