Your local LA , Social Services section is your first port of call :
http://www.caredirections.co.uk/role-of ... -services/
Assessment for Community Care
Since 1993, local authorities and, through them, their social services departments, have been charged with; assessing people’s needs for community care services; and, where they have agreed that there is a need, with providing an appropriate service. Health authorities and, where appropriate, other professionals such as physiotherapists, are also required to take part in assessments.
‘Assessing needs’ simply means finding out what help or support you may need. The remit is to provide services which support people in their own homes, or to provide a placement in a care home. In either case, subject to a financial means test, there is likely to be a charge for services.
The only exception to this is where there is an assessed need for continuing health care, hospital or care from the district nurse, or when there is a short term need for rehabilitation. In such cases, the service will be provided free of charge.
People living in care homes receive free nursing care, but only when the nursing is carried out by a qualified nurse. There is a complicated ‘banding’ system which then determines just what discount you will receive. The accommodation and non-nursing costs will still have to be paid for.
In essence , a full MOT for both you and your caree.
Needless to say , the dreaded post code lottery applies ... some are less efficient than others ... some more so ... the old glass half full scenario.
Do your homework carefully .... some SS departments are notorious for not offering vital information ... if you don't ask , you don't get.
There are " Obligations " imposed on LAs regarding the time frame ... first application to first assessment ... note the use of the word OBLIGATIONS ... regretably , some LAs tend to ignore them completely as others have reported.
Let us know how you get on so that we may add , if demned appropriate , your LA to our Christmas card list ... 3 made it last year ... an all time record !
On the finances side , your local CAB or the Carers UK advice team will talk you through that MOT once you have all the options presented to you.
As carers , we tend , by nature , to expect the worst. Anything other would be a result. It's in our genes .... as carers.
Others may be along later to pad out some of the above.