Carer's eligibility criteria
Here we summarise the three main criteria that a carer must meet to be eligible for funded support.
- Assessment for care and support in England
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Assessment for care and support
What criteria must be met to receive funded support?
- The carer’s needs arise due to providing necessary care.
- The effect of the carer’s needs result in either: the carer’s physical or mental health deteriorating (or being at risk of deteriorating); the carer is unable to achieve any of the following without assistance or where this causes pain, distress and anxiety; or they are putting themselves or others in danger:
- carry out caring responsibilities the carer has for a child
- provide care to other persons they provide care to
- maintain a habitual home environment – be able to keep their home safe and in an appropriate way to live and have essential amenities such as gas and water
- manage and maintain their own nutrition – have time to go shopping and prepare meals for themselves and their family
- develop and maintain family or other significant relationships
- engage in work, training, education or volunteering – be able to continue in their job or get a job. If not, be able to partake in education or volunteering (if they wish)
- make use of necessary facilities or services in the local community – have the opportunity to use local services, such as going to the gym or swimming pool
- engage in recreational activities – have leisure time, for example some free time to read a book, or engage in a hobby.
- Due to the effect of the above there is, or is likely to be, a significant impact on the carer’s wellbeing.
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