Information for carers
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Carers who provide a substantial amount of care should ask their local Social Services for a Carer’s Assessment. This is an opportunity for them to look at your needs for support and further training. Social Services will then include this support in the disabled person’s care plan.
You will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your level of need for support. You don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment.
As a parent or carer of somebody with autism you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance. This is a taxable benefit that can be paid to people over 16 years who provide care for over 35 hours a week provided the person you care for is in receipt of certain benefits.
If you are looking for a support group nearby, you can do your own research using the Autism Directory or a similar online directory service.
Your GP can help you where needed with any issues affecting your own health and also signpost you to any support services like a parent/carer support group.
The Care Act 2014
In April 2015 The Care Act 2014 replaced most previous laws regarding carers and people being cared for. It outlines the way in which local authorities should carry out carer’s assessments and needs assessments; how local authorities should determine who is eligible for support; how local authorities should charge for both residential care and community care; and places new obligations on local authorities.
From April 2015 there are national eligibility criteria for both carers and the person being cared for. There is a national minimum threshold and if a carer or the person being cared for meets this threshold, they will have eligible needs. From April 2015 you are entitled to a carer’s assessment where you appear to have needs, this matches the rights to an assessment of the person being cared for. You will be entitled to support if you meet the national eligibility criteria.
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