Adult Social Care

‘Adult Social Care’ is the name given to services which aim to help people live at home independently with a care support package. Services might include:

  • Reablement – help to build up strength, re-learn skills and get ready to cope with day-to-day living at home after an illness, accident or stay in hospital. See page 10.
  • Personal Budgets – a flexible way of providing social care services which enables people eligible for social care to have money to choose and buy services, that suit their lifestyle – see page 8 for further information.
  • Direct Payments – this scheme allows you to buy in the care you need for daily independent living – more information is on page 8.
  • Community meals – usually supplied frozen to reheat yourself.
  • Day services – available in care homes or community centres. For more information, see page 29.
  • Housing adaptations – Adult Social Care can provide information about equipment and adaptations to make it easier for you to continue to live in your own home – see page 14 for more details.
  • Home care – help with personal care such as washing and dressing. See page 18 for more information.
  • Supported housing or extra supported housing – provided by your district or borough council. See page 32.
  • Respite care – residential care or care provided in your own home to give you or your carer a break. Further details are on page 29.

To decide what sort of help you need, and what kind of outcomes you are looking for, Adult Social Care will work with you to assess your needs. They will then need to agree a support plan for you. This sets out how you can meet your needs and what help can be provided to help you manage at home.

It is likely that Adult Social Care will ask you to make a financial contribution towards the services you receive, based on your ability to pay. You should be given clear information about what you can expect to pay.

Support plans may change if your needs change, leading to another assessment, which is often called a ‘review’. Assessments are explained on page 7.