Get definitions of some of the keys words you might hear when getting a carer's assessment.
Action on Advocacy define an advocate as someone who takes action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.
Social services offer a separate assessment for carers known as a carer's assessment. This assessment looks specifically at the needs of the carer and the impact their role is having on their lives. Carers can ask for their own assessment even if the person they are caring for has refused help from social services.
If you receive a direct payment, you will receive the money to pay for services yourself rather than social services paying for you.
A review looks at how far a person's care plan is meeting their needs. Changes can be made to the care plan if required, so that services can be brought up to date with a person's current needs.
These can vary from someone helping out in the home to a child or adult spending time away from home.
Short break vouchers
These are vouchers that can be used to get a short break for you or the person you care for.