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Support for carers from Adult Social Care

If the person you care for lives in Stockport, then we can help you to find support to meet your needs. This could be a local carers group, practical support or training to help with your caring role, or activities to help you relax and have a break. You can find out about what support there is to help you by visiting our Support for Carers section or the Marketplace to find local services. We can also offer you a carers’ assessment. You are entitled to an assessment in your own right, regardless of the needs of the person(s) you look after.

About the carer's assessment

An adult carer’s assessment will look at:

• how caring affects your life and wellbeing
• how you can carry on (or resume) doing the things that are important to you
• what help you might need

You are entitled to an assessment in your own right, regardless of the needs of the person(s) you look after. You can have a joint assessment with the person you care for, or a separate assessment, if you prefer.

As a result of the carer’s assessment you may be eligible for some support from us.
We will also offer you advice to help you with your caring responsibilities and maintain your own wellbeing.

Contact us for more information or to request a carer’s assessment.

Eligibility for carer support

To be eligible to receive support from us, your needs will be assessed against national eligibility criteria
To be assessed as eligible for support, you need to show that:

1. your needs arise from providing necessary care for an adult
2. there is, or is likely to be, a significant impact on your wellbeing
and
3. your physical or mental health is at risk
Or
you are unable to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
a. carrying out any caring responsibilities the adult has for a child
b. providing care to any other persons for whom the carer provides care
c. maintaining a home environment
d. managing and maintaining nutrition
e. developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships
f. engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
g. making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community
h. engaging in recreational activities

Even if you are not eligible we can still help you find ways of meeting or reducing your needs - for example advice and support available from local organisations

Your carer’s support plan and personal budget

If you are eligible for support, we will work with you to develop your support plan and work out your personal budget.

You will receive your personal budget as a direct payment. You will not have to pay anything towards the cost of your support.

You can spend your personal budget on things that meet your needs. You cannot use the personal budget to pay for support for the person you care for.

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