The person you look after may be eligible for respite

If the person you look after is eligible for social care support, then you may be able to get regular respite as part of their Adult Support Plan or a child’s Education Health and Care Plan. 

The local council has a legal duty to carry out a needs assessment once they become aware of the person’s potential needs. This means that anyone can request a needs assessment for another person. You can arrange an assessment by contacting the appropriate local authority provider of the person you look after by phone, in writing or on-line, and asking for one.

To request a social care assessment for an adult:

Contact the council | Oxfordshire County Council 

Tel: 0345 050 7666

Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND

Adult Needs Assessments: Needs assessments – Carers UK

Parents who want to request a social care assessment for their disabled child should do so via the MASH – 0345 050 7666.  

Children’s rights to social care support Know your child’s rights to social care support – Special Needs Jungle 

If appropriate, you can ask the council to combine your carer’s assessment with a needs assessment/review for the person you’re looking after, if you haven’t already been assessed. This is optional though – you are equally entitled to request a separate assessment.

Local authorities will only pay for respite care for people who they have assessed as needing it following an assessment. This can be a needs assessment for the person who needs the care, or a carer’s assessment for the person who is doing the caring.

Want to get involved?

You can get involved with Carers Oxfordshire, if you have some time to spare then volunteering as a befriender might be of interest.

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