This is a short and easy to use directory, and is designed to help you to get in touch with Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in Scotland. This directory is not an exhaustive list of DPOs in Scotland, there are many others, however, this list is a helpful starting point and the organisations listed here will be able to signpost you. Link to the Directory is at: http://www.ilis.co.uk/uploads/Directory%20of%20Disabled%20Peoples%20Organisations%20in%20Scotland_July%202014.pdf
You should visit the care home to see if you like it. Try to drop in without making an appointment to see what the care home is really like.
Age UK have a checklist you can use when you visit care homes to help you decide if they would be suitable. See finding a care home on Age UK.
You can search for care homes online and see what other people thought about them:
- Your care rating – see results from the 2014 survey of customers in England, Wales and Scotland.
- Carehome.co.uk offers an online search of care homes and reviews in the UK (including Northern Ireland).
- Find care homes with nursing on NHS Choices includes some user ratings (England only).
- Find care homes without nursing on NHS Choices includes some user ratings (England only).
- Bettercaring – offers a search of all residential and nursing homes in the England, Wales and Scotland
The person you care for must claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component at any rate, Attendance Allowance (AA) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the middle or higher rate.
You also need to:
- be 16 or over, and
- not be in full time education (this is usually over 21 hours study a week but for more information see full time students and Carer’s Allowance on NHS Choices)
- earn less than £110 per week (remember only your income is counted, your partner’s income and savings are ignored).
There are also rules about living in the UK so check all the rules about Eligibility for Carer’s Allowance on Gov.uk.
You can still claim:
- if you don’t live with the person you care for
- if you aren’t related to the person you care for
- if you have savings or own your own home
Contact your local carer service to see if they have an advisor who can help you work out if you qualify for Carer’s Allowance and if there are any other benefits you could claim.
What does a carer’s assessment cover?
You might find it helpful to think about:
- what caring tasks you do and how you feel about doing them
- your relationship with the person you care for
- if you get enough time for yourself – for example time to get out and about, meet other people and take part in leisure activities
- how caring is affecting your mental and physical health
- how caring is affecting your relationships with others
- how caring is affecting your education and work life
- whether the person you’re caring for is getting enough help
- how willing or able to you are to carry on caring
- what would help make things easier for you
See carer’s assessment on NHS Choices for helpful information about how to prepare for your assessment.
If you live in Scotland
In Scotland, a carers’ assessment is called an Adult Carer Support Plan. Your local council might still refer to it as a carers’ assessment.
Whilst each council will have their own way of carrying out an ACSP, they must always cover:
- the nature and extent of the care you provide, and how this impacts your wellbeing,
- how willing to able you are to provide care,
- emergency plans,
- future care plans,
- information about the support that will be provided to meet your identified needs,
- whether your support should include a short break from caring /planned regular breaks from caring,
- when the plan should be reviewed (and in subsequent reviews what impact the plan has had on achieving your personal outcomes).
Flexible working could mean:
- flexible starting and finishing hours,
- compressed working hours (where you work full-time hours but over fewer days),
- term-time working,
- job share,
- part time working, or
- working from home.
It is a good idea to think about asking for flexible working rather than just giving up work altogether. If you give up work it can have a huge impact on you financially, reduce the number of people you meet and talk to, and make it more difficult to return to work in the future.
Who can ask for flexible working?
You don’t need to be a carer to ask for flexible working. You have the right to ask for flexible working as long as you have been employed by your employer for 26 weeks (continuously) before you apply. This is called making a statutory request. That means the law says your employer has to consider your request in a “reasonable manner”.
Some people, such as members of the armed services, can’t ask for flexible working. To check if you can apply visit Flexible working – what is it? on Citizen’s Advice.
You can only apply for flexible working once a year.
How to ask for flexible working
If you want to ask for flexible working check your employment contract and talk to your HR team/officer about what options are available where you work. You should also visit Flexible working – planning what changes to ask for on Citizen’s Advice.
To request flexible working you need to email or write a letter to your employer. Visit applying for flexible working on Gov.uk for further advice about what to include in your letter. There is also a form on there that you can use if your employer agrees.
What happens to your application?
Your employer should get back to you with an answer within three months of your request (unless you’ve agreed a longer timescale). They need to consider your request in a reasonable manner and can only refuse it for specific business reasons; for example, if the work can’t be redistributed among other staff.
For more information visit after the application on Gov.uk.
Further information about flexible working
Carers UK have a lot of information about your right to flexible working, including a downloadable guide.
The ACAS website has help and advice for both employers and employees about the right to request flexible working.
The Dementia Dog Project builds services for people with dementia that brings dogs back into their lives or supports them to continue their relationship with dogs.
It aims to prove that dogs can help people with dementia maintain their waking, sleeping and eating routine, remind them to take medication, improve confidence, keep them active and engaged with their local community, as well as providing a constant companion who will reassure when facing new and unfamiliar situations.
Come along to meet Jim Baird from Dementia dog project, and more importantly, meet the dogs!!
Jim will also be talking about other projects he is involved with- Dog day care and Therapet.
You are welcome to bring along the person you care for with dementia.
The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is a Europe-wide network of people with disabilities, with members throughout Europe. ENIL is a forum for all disabled people, Independent Living organisations and their non-disabled allies on the issues of Independent Living. ENIL represents the disability movement for human rights and social inclusion based on solidarity, peer support, deinstitutionalisation, democracy, self-representation, cross disability and self-determination.
You can join the organisation or subscribe to their mailing list for further information.
Family Fund is the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. They can help ease the additional pressures families face. They can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.
For more information:
Let’s Talk ASN is a FREE service for the parents of children with additional support needs who may require support in relation to a dispute or potential dispute with an education authority.
Who can use the service? The service can be used by anyone who has the right to make a reference (a type of appeal) to the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS). You will usually be told by the education authority when you have the right to make a reference, but you can contact us to check the position if you are not sure.
Typically, the right to make a reference to the ASNTS would involve one or more of the following:
- a decision about a Co-ordinated Support Plan (or CSP); a placing request for a special school; a placing request for a mainstream school, where the child has a CSP (or is being considered for one); or the transition process from school to post-school provision.
- The service covers parents (and carers) of children with additional support needs and also young people (aged 16 or 17) with additional support needs themselves.
To contact the service or to find out more: Let’s Talk ASN, c/o Govan Law Centre, 18-20 Orkney Street, Glasgow G51 2BZ
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