After your assessment, social services will decide if you need any extra services to help you in your caring role, and what these will be.
These might be for you or for the person you care for, and could include:
- short breaks
- emotional support from other carers
- help with household tasks
- help with caring tasks
In some cases you may also have the option of making a direct payment. This means you will receive money to pay for services yourself, rather than social services paying for you. Some local authorities also offer short break vouchers which can be used to get a short break for you and the person you care for.
Some carers may not get any additional support after a carer’s assessment, but even if you don’t get funding for a service you should be signposted to people who can help.
It is only when we receive short break care that we get to spend quality time with our other son.
- For more information about support and short breaks, visit the Family Fund website.