ARRANGING ADULT CARE

Moving to adult social care

"I'll soon be an adult. I'd like to know how I can still get the care I need."

Your care and support plan

Do you want to continue living at home?

We know it's important to stay as independent for as long as possible, in your own home.

Moving from childhood to adulthood is a very important stage of your life as you will need to make plans for your future care and support needs to enable you to live as independently as possible. A care and support plan will help you to consider all of the options and decide on the best way forward.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

If we feel you need help to make decisions about your care and support needs, we’ll arrange a mental capacity assessment. An independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) may then attend any assessments or meetings to support you. You can view an easy read guide on the Mental Capacity Act on the Local Government Association website.

Creating your support plan

  • Your appointment

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    If your adult supported assessment has been completed and it has confirmed that you have eligible needs, we’ll arrange an appointment to help you create your care and support plan. We’ll normally visit you at home, school or college.

  • At your appointment

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    At your appointment, we’ll help you to put together a care and support plan of how we will meet your eligible care and support needs.

    This will include:

    • what your needs are
    • what’s important to you and the things you like doing
    • your usual routine and the tasks you need to carry out
    • which adult social care services you will be using to meet your needs
    • how your family and friends may be able to support you
    • any specialist help you may need.
  • Review

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    Once we have agreed what your care and support package will look like, it is then discussed and approved by a senior social worker or team manager. Your support worker will then contact you to let you know the outcome and how you will access any services.

Reviewing your care and support plan

We understand that you are going through a period in your life where things are changing a lot, this might be because you:

  • have developed new interests
  • are leaving school or education
  • would like to go to college
  • want to move away from home
  • have new or different needs to those we previously assessed.

It’s important that your care and support plan is kept up to date so you are properly supported.

Initial review

Around 6 weeks after your support begins, we’ll invite you for an initial review of your care and support plan. This is to make sure you are happy, and everything in the plan is going well.

Yearly reviews

Around a year after your care and support begins, we’ll make an appointment with you to review your care and support plan.

You can also ask someone else to attend this review with you, such as a:

  • member of your family
  • representative from school or college
  • personal assistant who supports you
  • care provider.

This review is to make sure that your current care and support plan still meets your needs.

You will then have a review each year while we are providing your care.

What to do if something changes

If your needs change before your yearly review, or you feel that your care and support plan isn’t meeting your needs, you can request a review at any time.

To request a review, speak to your support worker.

COVID-19 information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will carry out assessments using an online chat facility, such as Microsoft Teams.

If we need to visit your home: we will carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment and anyone visiting you will take a lateral flow test before they arrive.

At your home: they will observe social distancing rules and wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face covering.