Social Services For The Disabled
The government and NHS want to make social care and support services for disabled people as accessible as possible. This means providing a range of options from local councils and other services. The problem is that there are rules and regulations over who qualifies for which grants and what equipment may be offered.
This means that it could take some time, and a few forms before people get an answer on the tools that are available to them. It is important that disabled people and their carers understand the process and know what to expect from assessors.
How will the government determine the needs of the disabled individual to provide adequate care?
The local council usually provides These social attention and support services for disabled people. This could mean that some patients will receive a fast service or better results in some areas than in others. It all depends on local resources and funds. A city council may have more links and option than those of a rural one.
Assessors will visit the individual at home to determine their needs and their financial situation. Other family members and carers can be present to provide information and guide both the claimant and the assessor. This will then result in a list of available support tools and services for disabled users, as well as the costs that will need to be paid.
Considering the costs of social care services for disabled people.
Some individuals will have to pay in full for recommended schemes. Others may receive grants and assistance, such as concessions for transport and a Blue Badge. At the moment, minor adaptations that cost £1,000 or less are provided free of charge. It is possible for some households to purchase disabled friendly adjustment on their own if they have the financial means.
Some independent contractors, for example, will happily install a disabled friendly bathroom with the right specifications. However, an assessment with an advisor can help families better understand precisely what those requirements are. A standard walk-in bath may not be ideal, and there may be other elements that had not been considered.
Services for disabled people in need of practical support.
Disabled homeowners often need practical help to make their home more comfortable and accessible. The main aim of these support services is to provide users with as much independence as possible. Many adaptations can be brought to the home, potentially allowing homeowners to stay there for longer. These can include, but are not confined to:
- structural changes like ramp and rails
- alarm systems for the vulnerable in case of a fall or medical episode
- two-handled cups for those with arthritis or Parkinsons
- tap turners and kettle tippers for more freedom around the kitchen
- raised toilet seats and grabbed rails in the bathroom
- bed raisers and hoists in the bedroom
- monitoring devices for dementia patients.
Social care services for disabled people.
Social care means more than helping the disabled feel more comfortable in their own home. It is also about giving them a chance for a more social lifestyle and opening new doors. This could start by bringing new people into the home and providing a reliable lifeline for care needs.
Personal care services can provide professional carers to come into the home, spend time with the individual and maybe help out around the house. Many authorities will provide access to clubs and social events where disabled people can meet people in the same situation. These can include:
- Music workshops
- Dance classes
- Clubs for the deaf or visually impaired
- Clubs for those with learning difficulties
- Memory clubs for those with dementia
More often than not, the role of carer falls to close family members. This is why support services for disabled users and social schemes are also aimed at carers too. These clubs can offer an hour or two in the day where the carer is no higher responsible for the needs of the individual. This can allow them to take care of tasks or simply have a much-needed rest. Some authorities may also provide special services where carers can meet to talk and meet others in a similar situation.
Find out how your local authority rates in their provision of services for disabled citizens.
The expected standards of care and welfare need to be upheld in every local authority to ensure that they are performing well. This is why the UK provides ratings for local authority services via the adult social care outcomes framework. This framework allows carers and recipients to rate their quality of life, security and general satisfaction with the services.
These rating can then be compars by with national and regional averages. Some users may find that their local authority provides a highly-rated service that has helped residents with their social care needs. Others may find that these services are below standard.
If the latter happens, disabled residents should also remember that there are more services available than those offered by their local authority assessor. There is never any harm in accepting a second, or a third opinion from a reliable source.
Outside help from charities and independent groups may help to provide guidance on problem solving and affordable alternatives. An excellent example of this is Rica, who provide consumer research on items offered to disabled people. These user testimonials can help users determine the service’s worth and help users make the right decision. Other options to look into include:
- Free advice from the Disabled Living Foundation
- Grants from a charity called Independence at Home
- Long-term loans on mobility aid from the NHS
There is a lot to consider when looking into social care services for disabled people in the UK. Your local authority will provide an assessment of needs and a presentation of options, but this not the only option. Patients and carers must provides to carry out further research on their options and look at local charities. This extra effort could result in more choice, services a little closer to home and a cheaper solution.