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”.
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.
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. (See list A)
- 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 / Amber / Red – Universal services have the POWER to offer: advice and information, carers meetings, carers rights, community services, condition specific organisations services