After your assessment
When you contact us for support we will do an assessment of your needs. If this assessment shows that you are eligible for ongoing social care support we will use a Resource Allocation System (RAS) to work out an estimated budget. An estimate of the amount of money it will cost to meet your care needs each week.
What does the Resource Allocation System do?
The Resource Allocation System (RAS) estimates the cost of your care based on:
- your needs – as written in your social care assessment
- the cost of providing different types of support.
The RAS creates an estimate which allows us to tell you as quickly as possible what sort of support you will need, so you can start planning the best way to have your care. The final amount will depend on individual circumstances and the availability and cost of services. This amount will be your personal budget and it may be more or less than the estimated budget.
What information does RAS use to calculate an estimated budget?
The process is based on the information in your assessment about:
- your physical health
- your ability to perform personal care tasks, such as bathing
- your ability to perform day-to-day activities, such as housework
- your ability to keep safe from crime or abuse
- your ability to move around your home and your neighbourhood
- whether you are able to get out and socialise and any effect this has on your wellbeing
- your emotional wellbeing and ability to make decisions
- the support you receive from family, friends or other local people or services
- your accommodation situation.
What does the RAS do with this information?
The RAS uses this information to consider:
- your overall needs
- how often you need support and the number of people needed to provide it
- any informal support available to you from family, friends and others
- the effect on these people of providing this support.
It can then produce your estimated budget.
Your final personal budget
Once you have your final personal budget we can:
- pay it as direct payments so you can buy your own services
- use it buy services for you from our contracted providers
- organise a mixture of options 1 and 2, with some care from a DCC approved provider and you organising some services using direct payments.
Organising your support
After your assessment we will talk to you about your personal budget and having Direct Payments to organise your own services. A Direct Payment gives you the freedom to organise your services when and how you want them.
Some people may not be able to have or may not want Direct Payments. If this is the case we can help you to arrange your services through service providers we have contracted to provide care.
Help with organising your support
You can get help with managing your support and your budget from a friend or family member, or an independent organisation. You can also nominate someone to act on your behalf to manage employing a carer. If you are concerned about managing your support, our Direct Payments Team can help you, phone 0345 1551 007 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or email Direct Payments North, Direct Payments South, Direct Payments East.