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Someone from the council will come out and see you,such as a social worker or social work assistant fromthe social services older persons’ team. At this visitthey will do an assessment of need and as part of thisprocess you will be supported to complete a self-ratingquestionnaire or self-assessment questionnaire. Thiswill establish what you think your needs are so theassessment from the council and your own assessmentmatch. Doing this will help the council to establish howmuch money you will need for your support.
You will then be assessed on your ability to pay orcontribute to the support you need. This is called anancial assessment and will look into any money you have, what pension you may receive and whatother benets you may be entitled to. Some peopledon’t like other people knowing about their money,but this process isn’t about being nosey, it is designedto make sure you get everything you’re entitled toand you only pay what you can afford. If you refuse togo through this process, the council may decide that you have to pay the maximum cost for your support,which you may not be able to afford.
Once you have gone through this process it will bedecided how much your personal budget is (if youqualify) and how much your contribution will be.It will be then clear how much money you have for your support – your personal budget – so you canbegin to plan.
A support plan needs to be made which describes how your money is spent and what you want to achieve. Thismay be things like staying in your own home. There arelots of people who can help you to do your support plan.It could be a social worker, someone from a voluntaryorganisation like Age Concern or Age UK, or a memberof your family – you can choose (see the factsheet onhow to do a support plan and who can help).
Once the support plan is completed you needto get it approved by the council.
Then, once it has been agreed, you can start tolive your life.