COVID-19 rates in Stockton-on-Tees are very high so the Government has named it, along with the rest of the North East, an Enhanced Response Area. Find out more on our Enhanced Response Area page.
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The care and support planning process is there to help decide the best way to meet the needs of individuals. The starting point is to make a Care Act assessment of need. This is the basis for deciding the type and level of care and support which is to be provided.
The care and support planning process can be led by the individual if they choose or are able to be involved. The individual will remain central to the process in a way that works best for them regardless of the amount they can be involved. The individual’s wellbeing: care and support needs; wishes and feelings; values and aspirations will all be considered in the overall needs and outcomes of the planning.
Information and advice from an Independent Advocate in Stockton-on-Tees
The Care Act 2014 requires local authorities to arrange an independent advocate for adults who have substantial difficulty in being involved in assessments, care planning and care reviews, where the adult does not have someone appropriate to support them.
- Independent advocates can assist an adult who finds it difficult to have their say in their care and support or support if they are a carer.
- Independent Advocacy is about giving people as much control as possible in their lives.
- Independent advocates can support an adult to understand local authority information and assist them to express their views and wishes.
- For further information on Independent Advocates, please read the Independent Advocates fact-sheet.
Care Act 2014 - Changes to Care and Support
The Care Act 2014 came into effect in April 2015 and replaced most previous law regarding carers and people being cared for.
The Care Act is mainly for adults in need of care and support, and their carers.
For further information regarding the Care Act 2014:
- Watch the Skills for Care short introduction video
Skills for Care has produced a short introduction video regarding the Care Act changes.
- Watch the Social Care Institute for Excellence video (YouTube)
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced this video to introduce the changes brought about by the Care Act 2014.
- Read Care Act 2014 fact-sheets produced by the Department of Health
The Department of Health have produced a series of fact-sheets providing an overview regarding the duties and powers local authorities will have in the future.
- Take the Care Cost Calculator produced by the BBC
The BBC has produced a care cost calculator which estimates how long you will need to contribute towards your care costs after April 2016.
- For initial enquiries or if you have an immediate social care need please contact our First Contact Team on 01642 527764.
Your Care Records
Your care record holds information to be able to arrange the right care and support for you. It will hold relevant information about you, such as your name, address, date of birth, next of kin and the contact we have had with you.
We must get your permission before we can share your information and you have a right to see your care record. The Data Protection Act 1998 allows you to find out what information is held about you on both computer and manual records. If you want to see your record from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council you will need to request this in writing, this is to ensure that we have the authority to disclose the information we hold.
- For information about how your care record is stored and handled please visit our Information Governance page.
- Read the Carers Support Planning booklet to help understanding the help available for adult's requiring care and support.
Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational Therapy Services provides information and advice for residents of the borough of Stockton-On-Tees. Assisting adults with their care and support needs, wellbeing and to maintain independence in their home and the community.
The Occupational Therapy Service focuses on helping adults regain skills and capabilities to reduce their needs, in particular through the use of therapy, equipment and adaptations. Providing information and advice, the techniques and guidance given gives the adult choice and control to manage their own care and support needs.
- Read the Occupational Therapy Services fact-sheet for information and advice.
Reablement focuses on improving a person’s wellbeing through a personalised approach in your own home and local community. If you have been ill or had an accident you may need help to re-learn some of the skills lost whilst unwell and to get your confidence back. Our Reablement staff can work with you to help regain confidence and do things for yourself that you did before you were unwell, so you can live as independently as possible.
These specialist support services may be available if you have experienced any of the following:
- A temporary illness or permanent disability
- A fall at home
- A crisis at home
- A change in circumstances relating to you or your carer
In the most recent CQC Inspection, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Reablement and Intermediate Care service was assessed as "Good". Read the full report for further information.
Contact the First Contact Team
Telephone: 01642 527764
Fax: 01642 527756
Minicom: 01642 527769
Email: [email protected]
Alternatively, you can find out if you are eligible for care and support by using the Stockton Eligibility Indicator, provided by Stockton Information Directory (for Adults).
The eligibility indicator is an intelligent interactive tool for adults to quickly and anonymously establish their likelihood of eligibility for care and support from the local authority. The user is presented with a result of likelihood for eligibility for care and support along with whether or not they are likely to have to pay for some or all of the support they need. A full assessment would still be required following completion of the Stockton Eligibility Indicator.