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THE HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 2016


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Care in the community


workers who will complete Care Plans, detailing the support you are to receive from services provided. Older people, people with


physical disabilities, people with learning disabilities, people with sensory impairment, people with mental health problems, people who misuse substances and carers who need support to enable them to continue caring for others are all eligible for services once they have had a Community Care Assessment. A Community Care Assessment


MANY people, due to age,


disability or infirmity, may need Community Care or support at some point during their lives. As most people prefer to remain


in their own homes and receive help in order to maintain their day-to-day lives, Community Care


offers people a range of services in order to support them in their choice. Assistance with moving into residential or nursing homes are also offered. In order to get Community Care


services or support, an assessment must be carried out by Social Care


must be filled in and Social Care staff will work with you prior to the agreement of a Care Plan, which will detail the support or services you are to receive. Your assessment will need to show what level of needs you have and what level of risk you are experiencing in your current circumstances. These are the basis for what is called the ‘Service Eligibility System’. Ceredigion use the Service


Eligibility System because resources to provide services are limited. Demands for services are rising as the population becomes older so it is vital to ensure that those with the highest level of need, and where the levels of risks are greatest, get priority. This system of Service


Eligibility is there to ensure fair- play and even-handedness in determining who is entitled to receive services. It is there to assist Community Care in assessing your needs. Everyone’s individual needs and circumstances are unique so the system is there as a guide and will not be used in a rigid or unhelpful way. Ceredigion Community Care


wants to support as many people who have needs for care services as possible. But to ensure the fairest and most effective distribution of resources, they are usually only able to provide services to those


in Priority Categories Two, Three and Four. For those whose needs are low and where the risk levels are low (Priority Category One), they may not be able to directly provide or arrange services. However, wherever possible,


Ceredigion Community Care will suggest or sometimes make arrangements for appropriate support arrangements. These could include the sort of services provided by local community or voluntary groups, such as luncheon clubs or befriending services.


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