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Eligibility Criteria2018-12-17T13:03:08+00:00

Local Eligibility Criteria for Adult Carers

The Scottish Government has instructed Local Authorities to set their own eligibility criteria for Carers, recognising that there needs to be fairness of provision, whilst offering support to Carers on a preventative basis.

Eligibility Criteria – What is it?

Put simply it is the set of rules used to see if Carers have a support need and what level that need is at. This decision-making tool helps to identify who is eligible for what type of support and will ensure Carers are appropriately supported.

The right level and type of support if achieved would reduce the impact of caring and the associated risks which will allow the Carer to continue in their caring role if they so wish.

What are eligible needs?

The Adult Carer Support Plan will formally record the needs and identified outcomes of Adult Carers; the plan will be used to assess the needs of Adult Carers.  Some of these needs will ‘trigger’ support; they will be ‘eligible needs’ and the eligibility criteria will show how these needs fall into the ‘eligible category’. The statutory guidance on The Carers (Scotland) Act describes, “a Carer’s eligible needs as those identified for support that cannot be met through support to the person they care for or through accessing services that are available generally”.

Outcome – “what is an outcome?”

An outcome is what you want to achieve in all the different parts of your life that your caring role impacts on.

Eligibility Criteria – “how do they work?”

South Lanarkshire’s eligibility criteria for Carers are separated into four categories of risk/needs:

low, moderate, substantial and critical.

 RISK NO RISK Category 1

LOW RISK

Category 2

MODERATE RISK

Category 3

SUBSTANTIAL RISK

Category 4

CRITICAL RISK

  No difficulties or worries. Carer feels content and confident, has suitable supports and manages caring with no problems Without intervention or issues being addressed some detriment, difficulties or concerns are identified and may cause medium risks Very high risk of not achieving any one or more Carer outcomes
  ONCE CARERS UNDERSTAND THEIR RISK LEVEL THE IMPACT OF CARING NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED
IMPACT NO IMPACT LOW
IMPACT
MODERATE
IMPACT
SUBSTANTIAL
IMPACT
CRITICAL
IMPACT
  No difficulties or worries. Carer feels content and confident, has suitable supports and manages caring with no problems Finding it difficult to cope with getting a break, bill, managing own life or housing, impacting on Carers emotional wellbeing Issues are significant, things have broken down, outcomes are unsuitable, causing severe hardship
  WHEN CARERS CAN SEE HOW THEIR RISKS IMPACTS ON THEIR CARING ROLE THEN CARERS CAN WORK OUT WHAT THRESHOLD EACH OF THEIR INDICATORS REACHES AGAINST EACH OF THE OUTCOMES
OUTCOMES

Health and Wellbeing

Carer in good health.

Carer has good emotional wellbeing.

Carer’s health beginning to be affected.

Caring role beginning to have an impact on emotional wellbeing.

Carers’ health at risk without intervention.

Some impact on Carer’s emotional wellbeing.

Carer has health need that requires attention.

Significant impact on Carers’ emotional wellbeing.

Carers’ health is breaking/has broken down.

Carers’ emotional wellbeing is breaking/ has broken down.

Relationships Carer has a good relationship with the cared-for
and is able to maintain relationships with other key people in their life.
Carer has some concerns about their relationship with the
cared-for and/or their ability to maintain relationships with other key people in their life.
Carer has identified issues with their relationship with the person they care for that need to be addressed and/or they find it difficult to maintain relationships with other key people in their life. The Carers’ relationship with the person they care for is in danger of breaking down and/or they no longer are able to maintain relationships with other key people in their life. The Carers’ relationship with the person they care for has broken down and their caring role is no longer sustainable and/or they have lost touch with other key people in their life.
Living Environment Carer’s living environment is suitable posing no risk to the physical health and safety of the carer and cared-for person. Carer’s living environment is mostly suitable but could pose a risk to the health and safety of the carer and cared-for person in the longer term. Carers’ living environment is unsuitable but poses no immediate risk. Carers’ living environment is unsuitable and poses an immediate risk to the health and safety of the Carer and/the person they care for. Carers’ living environment is unsuitable and there are immediate and critical risks to the health and safety of the Carer and/or the person they care for.
Employment & Training Carer has no difficulty in managing caring and employment and/or education.

Carer does not want to be in paid work or education.

Carer has some difficulty managing caring and employment and there is a risk to sustaining employment and/or education in the long term.

Carer is not in paid work or education but would like to be in the long term.

Carer has difficulty managing caring and employment and there is a risk to sustaining employment and/or education in the medium term.

Carer is not in paid work or education but would like to be in the medium term.

Carer has significant difficulty managing caring and employment and there is a risk to sustaining employment and/or education in the short term.

Carer is not in paid work or education but would like to be soon.

Carer has significant difficulty managing caring and employment and/or education and there is an imminent risk of giving up work or education.

Carer is not in paid work or education but would like to be now.

Finance Caring is not causing financial hardship e.g. carer can afford housing costs and utilities. Caring is causing a risk of financial hardship e.g. some difficulty meeting housing costs and utilities. Caring is causing some detrimental impact on finances, e.g. difficulty meeting either housing costs OR utilities. Caring is having a significant impact on finances e.g. difficulty meeting housing costs AND utilities. Caring is causing severe financial hardship, for example Carer cannot afford household essentials and utilities, not meeting housing payments.
Life Balance Carer has regular opportunities to achieve the balance they want in their life.

They have a broad choice of breaks and activities which promote physical, mental, emotional wellbeing.

Carer has some opportunities to achieve the balance they want in their life.

They have access to a choice of breaks and activities which promote physical, mental, emotional wellbeing.

Due to their caring role, the Carer has limited opportunities to achieve the balance they want in their life.

They have little access to breaks and activities which promote physical, mental, emotional wellbeing.

Due to their caring role, the Carer has few and irregular opportunities to achieve the balance they want in their life.

They have no access to breaks and activities which promote physical, mental, emotional wellbeing.

Due to their caring role, the Carer has no opportunities to achieve the balance they want in their life.

They have no access to breaks and activities which promote physical, mental, emotional wellbeing.

Future Planning Carer is confident about planning for the future and has no concerns about managing caring. Carer is largely confident about planning for the  future but has minor concerns about managing caring. Carer is not confident about planning for the future and has some concerns about managing caring. Carer is anxious about planning for the future and has significant concerns about managing caring. Carer is very anxious about planning for the future and has severe concerns about managing care.
ONCE CARERS UNDERSTAND THEIR RISK, THE IMPACT THE RISK HAS ON THEM IN EACH OF THE DIFFERENT INDICATORS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE SUPPORTS AND SERVICES THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR IN EACH OF THE OUTCOMES

Essentially, Adult Carers who are assessed as having substantial and critical needs as the result of having had an Adult Carer Support Plan completed by the Local Authority (Social Work Resources), will, in the main be eligible for funded support from the Local Authority to meet those needs. Any funding allocated to a Carer as a result of an Adult Carer Support Plan being completed will be offered through the four funding options of self-directed support (SDS). Information is available on SDS through South Lanarkshire Council and/or Take Control South Lanarkshire.

Preventative support is vital in supporting Carers in their caring role and as such the Local Authority may still meet Carers’ non-eligible needs (those that may be considered low or moderate) in a range of ways.

Put simply:

  • Carers’ assessed needs and outcomes will be identified and recorded through the new Adult Carer Support Plan
  • Needs that are assessed as ‘eligible’ and ‘non-eligible’ can be met in a range of ways and through a range of organisations.  These needs will fall into categories of risk as detailed in the table.
Carers may find they have a variety of risks with different impacts across the range of indicators and therefore could be able to access a variety of different types of supports and services:

Red – Local authority has a DUTY to offer support such as: Short breaks, replacement care, funded support * Cared for circumstances dependant *

Amber Red – Carer services have the POWER to offer: equipment, income maximisation, training support, counselling, emergency planning, short breaks, groups, advocacy, future planning

Green AmberRed – Universal services have the POWER to offer: advice and information, carers meetings, carers rights, community services, condition specific organisations services