Here are some I’ve been sent already. The topics are advocacy and assessment and eligibility for service users. Please add yours in the comments box below and tweet it around if you’re intending to join in or access the recordings. Go to the Webinars link above right, if you want to sign up – it’s cheaper to buy the series than access past webinars on a one-off Pay to View basis.
- Can a local authority say (whether or not in the name of person centred-ness) “Yes, you should have an advocate – and we will give you one, but they’ve got a waiting list. So it will hold up your assessment if you don’t mind waiting – or we could go ahead without, and get your assessment done now – which would you prefer?”
- You’ve said in your Community Care webinar that a person has no choice in whether or not they get an advocate. Could you say more about that please because it sounds like the opposite of what the Care Act was supposed to do for social care.
- The friend who is being paid by an adult, through the adult’s direct payments, to help and support them in the community, could be a legitimate source of support during an assessment, so as to avoid the need for an independent advocate, yes? What about volunteers who don’t know the person, but to whom the person makes no objection?
Assessment and Eligibility
- If an adult with needs for care and support just fills out the supported self-assessment form they’ve been given, and doesn’t really understand how it works and struggles with getting the form done at all because of the effects of their disability, can the local authority just consider their eligibility on the basis of the contents of that form alone, and decide they aren’t eligible?
- I’ve heard that an authority can say: “Yes you have got needs on several Outcomes and they are having an impact on your wellbeing but the impact isn’t significant as far as we are concerned, so you aren’t eligible.” If the prospective client thinks the impact on their wellbeing is very significant, who gets to judge and how do we know where this threshold is, and what can they do about it, if the disagreement continues?