Helping you to stay independent

Helping you to stay independent

Council help
If you are disabled or ill Bromley Council can provide services, to help you and your carers get the support you need to live as independently as possible. To make sure the services go to Bromley people in greatest need, we set eligibility criteria for adults aged 18-64 years who have a permanent disability or long-term care needs. This includes services for adults who are:

  • blind or partially sighted
  • deaf or hard of hearing
  • older people

or have:

  • learning disabilities
  • mental health needs
  • physical disabilities

Priority for services is given to those whose needs have been assessed as meeting eligibility the criteria. To be eligible for social care services, you must be:

  • an adult aged 18 or over, living in Bromley, who needs long-term care because of difficulties related to older age, long-term illness or disability, or mental health problems
  • a carer and/or a representative who supports an adult aged 18 or over with such needs

To make sure we offer fair access to care services for all adults who ask for our help, we use the following guidelines, which are set out by government for all local authorities. The factors to consider are:

  • risks to your health and safety
  • how much independence and choice you have
  • how well you can manage daily routines
  • how far you can get involved in family and community life

We will offer help if we think there are ‘critical’ or ‘substantial’ risks to your independence. We do not offer services if the risks are only ‘moderate’ or ‘low’ but we will give advice and information about how you can help yourself and we will redirect you to other sources of support and practical help wherever possible.

Talk to Bromley Social Services Direct to ask about an assessment of your care needs or to find out more about Personal Budgets and Direct Payments. If you meet our criteria for needing a service, talk to your care manager and find out what your options are. They can provide you with more information to help you decide what is right for you.