How to access Funding for Care
We appreciate that the issue of funding for care is an emotive subject, and one that worries many people, particularly at a time when they are looking for extra support.
The first point of contact for care funding should always be your Local Authority Adult Social Care Services department. They have an obligation to provide you with an initial assessment to ascertain eligibility and possibly a full needs assessment. This will ascertain:
- What your individual needs are.
- How those needs are best supported.
- Whether you are entitled to any assistance with funding.
Whether you know you are going to be funding your care yourself, or you are unsure if you are entitled to funding you are entitled to an initial assessment to determine if you meet eligibility criteria
You can request an assessment via the Surrey County Council Website www.surreycc.gov.uk by using their online form, or by telephone by calling 0300 200 1005.
Surrey County Council have produced a booklet which explains how it all works.
It may also be worth checking entitlement to any Benefits.
Funding Health Needs
If the person requiring support has health needs it may be possible to obtain funding from the NHS, more information on this will be added shortly.
Self Directed Support
What is Self Directed Support?
Social care for adults is changing, as part of a national programme to make social care services more personalised, so people can have more control over their lives.
The county council is working with other organisations across Surrey to ensure people are offered the appropriate advice, choices and services to identify and meet their support needs.
Part of this change is the introduction of Self Directed Support. This is a new way of assessing, choosing and providing the support people need.
How can Self Directed Support help you?
Self Directed Support is for adults who are entitled to receive social care.
You will have more choice and control over your life, because Self Directed Support allows you to make decisions about the support that you need. It asks you how you want to live, what you want to achieve in life and what support you need to do this.
If you are entitled, Self Directed Support gives you a personal budget. You choose what social care and support services this money is spent on. You can be as creative as you want, as long as the money is spent to meet your agreed, assessed needs.
Thinking about your life, what support you need and what you would like to change so that you can live the way you want can sometimes be difficult, and there is help available if you want it.
More information on this will be provided should your support needs meet the criteria for support.