What is adult social care?
Adult social care provides personalised, practical support for people over 18. It supports them to live their lives the way they want. It preserves dignity and keeps people independent.
People who need care should have the choice, flexibility and control to live their lives the way they want. The Government, local councils, and service providers all have a duty to make sure this happens.
Adult Social Care may be able to give you support. If you ask us for support, we will complete a social care needs assessment with you.
All councils use the same guidelines set by the Care Act 2014 to see if they can support people. To get support:
- your needs must arise from or are related to a physical or mental impairment or illness
- as a result of your needs you are unable to achieve two or more outcomes in the areas listed below
- as a result there is, or is likely to be a significant impact on your wellbeing.
The areas all councils look at include:
- eating, drinking and preparing meals
- personal care
- being appropriately clothed
- being able to make use of the home safely
- running and maintaining the home
- developing and maintaining family and other personal relationships
- accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
- making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including public transport and recreational facilities
- carrying out any caring responsibilities for a child.
We might decide that you need to pay for some of the support we give you. If that happens, we will need to see how much money you have in savings. That way we can work out how much you can pay. If you don’t want to tell us about your money, you will have to pay for all of your care. You can still get information and advice about services available from us.
Your Life Your Choice Strategy
Our Your Life Your Choice Strategy has been reviewed and refreshed after a consultation.
Our Your Life Your Choice vision is our way of setting out what we have been trying to achieve - our purpose, our principles and our approach to meeting the rising demand for social care.
We have also collated some life stories from citizens in Derby who have found support through services.
Drop in for a chat with social care
If you’d like information and advice without going through a full assessment, you can meet with a social worker for a chat. Find appointments and drop-in services throughout Derby on our Talking Points page.
All current Talking Points have been cancelled until further notice due to Coronavirus (Covid-19). If you need to contact us, please call Derby Direct on 01332 640777.
If you’re confused by the words social workers use to describe your care, take a look at the Think Local, Act Personal Care and Support Jargon Buster.