Respite If you need regular breaks from your caring responsibilities, respite care could be provided to the person you care for if they cannot be left alone. Respite can be provided: • in the home of the person you care for; • in a residential or nursing home; or • through activities in the community. If Adult Social Care is supporting the person you care for, it will normally consider respite care as its service. So if the person you care for has a personal budget for their own needs (see page 7), they could use that money to pay for it. A financial assessment of the person being cared for will confirm whether they need to pay towards the cost of this service. Whether someone is paying for their own care or not, help is available to organise respite care. Healthcare appointments service When you are busy looking after someone else it can be easy to forget about your own health. For example, you may not be able to leave the person you care for on their own while you go to your GP, the dentist or a hospital appointment. The healthcare appointments service is free. Adult Social Care will cover the cost of replacement care for the person you support, so there is no extra cost to you or the person you care for. You may also use this service to carry out training that will help you in your caring role such as first aid or dealing with stress. If the person you support has home care or respite at home arranged by Adult Social Care, you can contact the provider directly to arrange for a care worker to look after the person you care for while you are out, or to accompany you and the person you care for to the appointment. If you want to use this service, you should contact
the provider in good time to allow them to arrange the replacement care. Please make sure you tell them as soon as possible if your appointment is changed or cancelled. You may care for a person who does not receive home care or home-based respite arranged by Adult Social Care. If so, you may still be able to get support to go to healthcare appointments or training. Contact Care for the Carers to find out more information and see page 26. Tel: 01323 738390 Email: email@example.com East Sussex CRESS (Carers Respite Emergency Support Service) As a carer you might worry about what would happen to the person you care for if you had an accident or were suddenly taken ill. The CRESS scheme allows you to set up an emergency plan with contact details for up to three people who could provide short-term support. You would have a card to carry with you. In an emergency, you or someone else can call the number on the card and the service will contact the people you have named in your emergency plan. If none of your contacts are available, Adult Social Care will provide support to look after the person you care for.
Benefits you may be entitled to If you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week (and you are over 16) you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance. This can be payable if the person you care for is receiving Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Constant Attendance Allowance (paid with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a War Pension). The Carer’s Allowance rate for 2014/15 is £61.35 a week. This figure may change over the life of this Directory. If you are over 65 you may qualify for Carer’s Premium. This can entitle you to an increased amount of incomerelated benefits (such as Pension Credit, Council Tax
Benefit and Housing Benefit). Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit which will let carers build up qualifying years for the basic State Pension and additional State Pension. This means that there will be no gaps in your National Insurance record if you have to take on caring responsibilities. You may be able to get Carer’s Credit if: • you provide care for one or more people for a total of 20 hours or more each week; and • you are not already getting Carer’s Allowance.
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Published on Sep 2, 2013
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