Carer's assssment, what to ask for?

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by Rageddy Anne, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. Rageddy Anne

    Rageddy Anne Registered User

    Feb 21, 2013
    5,984
    Cotswolds
    I have a Carer's Assessment today, and the form says What help do you need?

    With the help of my family we are in the process of getting good help. It has been an uphill journey, introducing the right people, people who my husband will accept, albeit still very reluctantly.

    So, what I really need is MONEY to fund this, not some package where complete strangers will invade my husband's space and cause him a lot of confusion and upset!

    Of course, this isn't going to be an option is it?
     
  2. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,342
    Merseyside
    My local authority does something called Direct Payments which enables the carer to buy care in that suits them rather than relying on agencies.
     
  3. Rageddy Anne

    Rageddy Anne Registered User

    Feb 21, 2013
    5,984
    Cotswolds
    Thankyou very much for that ...I can but ask....
     
  4. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
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    Female
    Dundee
    #4 Izzy, Mar 24, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2015
    Direct payments would be a separate thing from the carers assessment I would think. I know that I live in Scotland and things are different here. Having said that I use direct payments to employ the same two carers who provide my husband's support. The carers assessment I had focused more on my needs. I found I didn't get a lot from it as I didn't want support groups etc for myself. I was, however, directed to Alzheiemr Scotland through this assessment. My husband was offered a place at their day centre and as a result I got more time for myself. I pay for the day he's there as all of the SW money goes towards the direct payments for the carers.

    There is a Factsheet in Community Care Assessments. If you read through It you'll find a section on Carers Assessment.

    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=131
     
  5. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,342
    Merseyside
    How did the assessment go?
     
  6. Rageddy Anne

    Rageddy Anne Registered User

    Feb 21, 2013
    5,984
    Cotswolds
    The appropriate form was filled out with great care and kindness, and I didn't feel hurried at all. I'll be sent a copy of the finished form, and can then suggest alterations or additions. So whatever the outcome, the appointment was reassuring and positive.
     
  7. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,342
    Merseyside
    That's good :)
     
  8. Barlemo

    Barlemo Registered User

    Apr 23, 2012
    74
    Hi, did they say how long it would take to get the completed form back to you? I had an assessment at the end of February, which I too found a positive experience and was told the completed form would be sent back to me for review and signature, but have heard nothing since. Just wondering if I need to chase.
     
  9. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,743
    Female
    London
    It's always good to chase!
     
  10. stanleypj

    stanleypj Registered User

    Dec 8, 2011
    10,676
    North West
    I had a proper carer's assessment done recently, after several years when it somehow got overlooked or fudged, and was pleasantly surprised at how helpful it was.

    The report did actually take a long time to come through though.
     

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