We encourage everyone to lead independent lives with the support of family, friends, neighbours and your local community. However, this isn't always possible and we can give you information on what support is available.
If you live in Derby, we can give you information, advice and guidance which will help to keep you independent. This can help you to decide what to do and how to plan your future.
We can help and advise you, but it's also really important that you work out where you can get help from others. This may be through family, friends, neighbours or community groups and organisations.
A good place to start is the Living independently at home section of our website which provides information and advice on ways to support your independence.
If you haven't been able to find the right information and advice you may want to have a face-to-face chat with a social care worker who can support you to find local solutions. Our social care workers are available in a variety of community venues throughout the week, please visit our Talking Points page for more information.
If you are unable to find your own support or you are struggling to remain independent, we may be able to provide support for you.
Contact us if you would like an assessment to find out if you qualify for City Council funded support.
An assessment means:
We use the information from your assessment to decide if you qualify for support under the Care Act 2014.
It's really important to ask a family member, carer or someone who knows you well to be with you during the assessment if you find it difficult to express your views and wishes, if you don't have anyone to support you, you can arrange for an independent advocate to support you.
There is a national level of care and support needs that all councils will consider when they assess what help they can give you. To qualify for support:
The areas we look at include:
When we do an assessment with you, we will consider your wellbeing and what is important to you and your family. We will take into account whether your situation is likely to get worse in the next few months.
You may need to pay for some support yourself - we will work out how much you can afford to pay. This will be a separate financial assessment which will be done after the assessment of your care needs.
If you have more than £23,250 in savings and capital, you will have to pay the full cost of any support you require. You can still ask for an assessment of your care needs but you will not qualify for any funded support from us.
If your savings and capital drop below £23,250 contact us again and we will review your assessment.
The 'My Self Assessment' form will be used by you and your social care worker to identify your needs and what you want to achieve in your day-to-day life.
The questions included in 'My Self Assessment' are:
These will become your 'outcomes'.
You may also find it useful to ask friends, family or carers who have helped you in the past to be part of your assessment. Here is an example of who you might like to involve in your assessment:
Your unpaid carers may also qualify for support in their own right. For more information see our carers support page.
Once the assessment has been done we will give you a copy of the completed assessment form.
If you qualify for funded support, we will tell you how much money we think you will need to pay for your support - your Personal Budget - and ask you to create your own support plan. We will help you with this if you need it.
This will show how you will use your Personal Budget to meet your care needs.
If you qualify for support from us, you will have more choice and control over:
If you do not qualify for funded support, your care worker will give you information and advice about other organisations that might be able to help you instead.
We will give you a copy of your completed assessment which can help you when finding support from other organisations.
If you disagree with the result of your assessment, you can ask us to look at your assessment again.
If your circumstances change or your savings and capital drop below £23,250, contact us again and we will review your assessment.
If you require more information please contact us.