Adult Carer Support Plans

The responsible local authority must offer an Adult Carer Support Plan to anyone they identify as an Adult Carer.

Meaning of Adult Carer, you are an ‘adult carer’ if you meet the criteria for a Carer above and are aged 18 or over, and not attending school.

Adult Carers

Are aged 18 and over and not attending school

They must prepare an Adult Carer Support Plan for anyone who accepts this offer.

They must also prepare an Adult Carer Support Plan for anyone who meets the definition of an Adult Carer if that person requests one.

You can ask for an Adult Carer Support Plan from your Local Authority or Lanarkshire Carers Centre

They will agree with you when and how the Adult Carer Support Plan conversation is to take place.

You can normally ask for a copy of the plan to you and any other person you request

What is an Adult Carer Support Plan?

The Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP) begins with a conversation with your worker where you discuss your caring role and what is important to you in your life. It helps plan what could help you work towards your goals.

Why is it important?

It helps you think about what supports you might need if you wish to continue caring. The plan sets out any needs you may have and how those needs can be met.

What do you have a right to?

All Carers can access a variety of information and support from their local community organisations.

When you make a plan it can help decide which level of need you reach in the local eligibility criteria for support. The plan is used to decide what supports you have a right to.

How do you make an Adult Carer Support Plan?

Be prepared

Think about good and bad days

Think about a typical day helping the person you care for, keep a note of your own needs and concerns

Think about the things that could help you cope

When you complete an Adult Carer Support Plan you will have a conversation with your worker where they will talk about your aims, hopes and what is important to you. The worker should talk about outcomes:

Carers Outcomes:

An outcome is a result or what you are trying to achieve whilst maintaining your caring role. Some of your outcomes may be achieving your:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Living Environment
  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Future Planning
  • Life balance
  • Employment & Training
Some examples are:
  • Having a life outside caring
  • Feeling valued, informed and listened to
  • Being well physically and emotionally

The worker will write down all the key points in your conversation and agree actions; this becomes the Adult Carer Support Plan. You will get a copy to keep and another copy can be given to anyone else you choose.

Information in the Adult Carer Support Plan

  • The nature and extent of the care provided and the impact on your wellbeing and day-to-day life;
  • The extent to which you are able and willing to provide care; emergency and future care planning, including any arrangements that are in place;
  • What ‘personal outcomes’ matter to you in order to help you carry out your caring responsibilities, to have a life alongside caring, and to improve your own health and wellbeing;
  • Support available to you if you live in a different local authority are from the person you care for;
  • Whether support should be provided as a break from caring;
  • Support available to you locally;
  • Any support which the responsible local authority intends to provide to you; and
  • The circumstances in which your Adult Carer Support Plan is to be reviewed.