Adult Carer Support Plan

As a carer you may be concerned about how coronavirus will impact your health, the health of the person you care for and/or your caring role. Lanarkshire Carers Centre have provided some useful information and guidance to help you understand the current situation and the impact this will have on their services. The Scottish Government has also issued advice for unpaid carers on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Adult Carer Support Plan

What are the assessments for Adults?

An adult carer support plan (ACSP) is an opportunity to discuss with Social Work Resources or their agreed provider what support or services you need.  An ACSP is an opportunity to discuss the types of support you provide.

The 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. It will look at how caring impacts on your life and what is important to you in your life.

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.

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 have the conversation with your worker you will talk about your aims, hopes and what is important to you. The worker should talk about outcomes.

What is an Outcome?

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

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Living environment
  • Employment and Training
  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Future planning
  • Life balance

Understanding outcomes

Look at the Eligibility Criteria to think about how those outcomes impact on your daily life. 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.

Information in the Adult Carer Support Plan

The ACSP will record:

  1. The nature and extent of the care provided and the impact on your wellbeing and day-to-day life.
  2. The extent to which you are able and willing to provide care; emergency and future care planning, including any arrangements that are in place.
  3. 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.
  4. Support available to you if you live in a different local authority area from the person you care for.
  5. Whether support should be provided as a break from caring.
  6. Support available to you locally.
  7. Any support which the responsible local authority intends to provide to you.
  8. The circumstances in which your Adult Carer Support Plan is to be reviewed.

You can request an ACSP in two ways:

You can go directly to Lanarkshire Carers Centre who will undertake the ACSP with you. If they deem you needs to be low or moderate they will work with you and complete the ACSP. If they deem your needs to be critical or substantial they will forward all the details from the conversation they have gathered with you directly to the relevant social work office.

If you believe your needs are critical or substantial you can go direct to Social Work and request a carer support assessment. The Health and Social Care Partnership may provide services to either you as a carer or the person you support, or both of you to meet your needs. This assessment process Self-Directed Support takes into account the needs of both the carer and of the person you provide care for.

As a carer you may be allocated a budget if your eligible needs are assessed as critical and substantial, you will have more choice and control as to how your needs are met.

Direct services may be provided as a result of your assessment and/or you may additionally be signposted to relevant voluntary organisations who can offer you a wide range of Information, advice, supports and services that can make a difference to you.

To find out more about the ACSP you can contact Lanarkshire Carers Centre or you can read the factsheet produced by Carers Scotland.

Lanarkshire Carers Centre

Phone: 01698 428090
Email: Lanarkshire Carers Centre