Adult Carer Support Plan
The 2016 Carers (Scotland) Act
- A duty to prepare an Adult Carer Support Plan
- A duty to prepare a Young Carer Statement
- A duty for the local authority to provide support to Carers whose needs meet the local eligibility criteria
- A duty to provide information and advice service to Carers on, amongst other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights
- A requirement for the local authority to consider whether support should be received in the form of a break from caring
- A duty for Local Health Boards to involve Carers in hospital discharge
- A duty to prepare a local Carers Strategy
A Carer is someone who looks after or intends to look after a partner, friend or relative who are unable to cope without support due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.
Renfrewshire Carers Centre have a dedicated team of Adult Support Workers who will help get the right information and support. An Adult Support Worker will offer the option of completing an Adult Carer Support Plan which can help Carers get the correct support.
Our Adult Support Team can provide a listening ear for Carers who are struggling emotionally; feeling isolated or are in need of support with their caring role.
What to expect from an Adult Carer Support Plan
An Adult Carer Support Plan helps Carers to think about what support they may need to help them continue to provide care. It looks at ways that they can be supported to have a life outside of their caring role, set out any needs they have, and how these needs will be met.
Making a plan helps to decide which level Carers reach in the local eligibility criteria for support they are entitled to. If the level of caring is low to moderate, the Adult Carer Support Plan will be completed by an Adult Carer Support Worker. If the caring role is deemed to be of a more critical and substantial level of care, the Adult Carer Support Plan would then be completed by a member of Renfrewshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership Team.
How do you complete an Adult Carer Support Plan?
Before you meet with your Adult Support Worker to look at a plan, it may help if you think about a typical day helping the person you care for and to make notes of any needs or concerns you may have. Think about what a good and bad day looks like as well as what might help you cope with your caring role.
When you meet an Adult Support Worker you can tell them what is important to you, and what your aims and hopes are. The Adult Support Worker will take notes of your conversation and will agree actions with you that will be written into your Adult Carer Support Plan.
Begin completing your Adult Carers Support Plan here.