Are you eligible for support?
To be eligible for support from the council as a carer, you must first meet the national eligibility threshold. This looks at the areas in which you would benefit from support, and to what extent your role as a carer affects your wellbeing.
Initial eligibility questions
When determining your eligibility we will ask the following questions:
- Is your need for support due to providing necessary care for an adult?
- As a result of your needs, your mental or physical health is deteriorating or at risk of doing so?
- As a result of your needs you are unable to achieve one of the following specified activities:
- carry out any caring responsibilities you may have for a child
- provide care to any other individuals you care for
- maintain a habitable home environment in your own home (whether or not this is the home of the person you provide care for)
- manage and maintain your nutrition
- develop and maintain any family or personal relationships
- engage in work, training, education or volunteering
- make use of necessary facilities or services in the community
- engage in recreational activities?
Impact on your wellbeing
We will then consider if, as a result of being unable to achieve one of the above specified activities there is a significant impact on the following areas of your wellbeing:
- personal dignity (including being treated with respect)
- physical, mental health and emotional wellbeing
- protection from abuse or neglect
- your level of control over your day-to-day life (including how you manage your care and support)
- participation in work, education, training and recreation
- social and economic wellbeing
- family and personal relationships
- suitability of living accommodation
- your individual contribution to society.
What 'unable to achieve' means
Circumstances where you are 'unable to achieve' a specified activity include:
- where you can do the activity, but only with assistance (that is, someone does it for you, someone supervises you, or someone prompts you)
- where you can do it without assistance, but doing so causes significant pain, distress or anxiety
- where you can do it without assistance, but doing so endangers your health and safety, or that of another person.