Adult Social Care - Information and Advice

What is adult social care and do I qualify

Adult Social Care services are arranged by the Local Authority and assessed under the Care Act 2014. It is for people aged 18 and over who need help because of age, illness or disability. It includes a variety of types of care and support including personal care and practical help.

If you feel your needs cannot be met through the community support services and other alternatives that are available, you can have an assessment of your needs. An assessment is how a local authority decides whether you need care and support to help you live your day-to-day life.

After carrying out the assessment, we will consider whether any of the care and support needs identified are eligible within the Care Act 2014. It is important to note that not all care needs are funded or met by the Local Authority, we use an eligibility framework to decide which needs are eligible and it is the Care Act 2014 that sets out the national minimum threshold for eligibility.

An adult’s needs meet the eligibility criteria if:

  • The adult’s needs arise from or are related to a physical or mental impairment or illness;
  • As a result of the adult’s needs the adult is unable to achieve two or more of the outcomes and
  • As a consequence there is, or is likely to be, a significant impact on the adult’s well-being

Care Act 2014 outcomes for adults with care and support needs are as follows:

  • Managing and maintaining nutrition
  • Maintaining personal hygiene
  • Managing toilet needs
  • Being appropriately clothed
  • Being able to make use of the adult’s home safely
  • Maintaining a habitable home environment
  • Developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships
  • Accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
  • Making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community, including public transport, and recreational facilities or services
  • Carrying out any caring responsibilities the adult has for a child.

View more information on the Care Act 2014

If you require any further assistance or wish to request an Initial Contact Assessment, please contact our Initial Adult Social Care Contact Team on 01983 814980.