Jargon Buster – a glossary of social services and NHS terminology
If you’ve ever had a conversation with someone from social services or your local NHS authority, you may wonder if they are speaking a completely different language at times.
They have a tendency to use abbreviations, acronyms and jargon that you may leave you feeling totally confused.
Our Jargon Buster is a list of abbreviations and what they mean in the real world.
It will hopefully give you more of an idea what they are talking about but, don’t worry, if the terminology still leaves you scratching your head, pick up the phone and talk to us.
We’ll be happy to explain any emails or letters you have received and ‘translate’ them into layman’s terms.
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On the plus side, it doesn’t matter how much you earn or how much you have in savings. The current rate is £57.30 a week if you need help either in the day or at night, or £85.60 a week if you need help both during the day and at night.
Getting a social worker to come out to undertake an assessment is not so easy. Getting the social worker to agree the number of ADLS that cannot be achieved is sometimes a fight. That’s why it is so important to get all the ADLs properly recorded.
A wide range of these needs are considered including the person’s needs and how they impact on their wellbeing – for instance, a need for help with getting dressed or support to get to work.
Assessed Needs also includethe outcomes that matter to the person, for example, whether they are lonely and want to meet a new circle of friends. One very important Assessed Need is “other circumstances” – for example, whether they live alone or whether someone supports them.
ASCs give legal care and support to adults who need extra help to manage their lives and be ‘care independent’ – especially older and vulnerable people and those that care for them.
If instructed, it is Steene Law’s task to ensure organisations/people act on a ‘best interests’ basis. If a person is unable to make a particular decision for him or her-self (for example, about health or finances), a “best interests” decision has to be made.
The law does not define what “best interests” might be, but the Mental Capacity Act Code of Conduct (MCACOP) sets out a list of things that must be considered when deciding what is best for a person who lack mental capacity. These include the wishes, feelings and beliefs, the views of the close family and friends on what a person would want, and all their personal circumstances.
Making the correct Best Interest decision is hard, and if you are told a Best Interests decision has been made, and you disagree with it, call us FREE to discuss.
The Care Act also proposed to set a limit on the costs of care, but as at February 2019 that so-called Care Fees Cap (of £72,000) has been postponed indefinitely.
Each section has a different score, from ‘low’ to ‘priority’. If you want to know more, call us at Steene Law and we can tell you all about how CCGs, in our humble opinion, do not always score these domains correctly.
The Care and Support Planwill saywhat services will be provided, when they will be provided, and who will provide them.
You are entitled to see a copy of your care and support plan and the Local Authority should make sure that you are happy with it before it is finalised.
Your plan should be reviewed at least once a year, or more often if necessary. Your plan should always be reviewed if your circumstances change.
At the bottom of the care and support plan there must be a sum of money, called a “personal budget”. At Steene Law we often can increase the personal budget by ensuring that all of our client’s Eligible Needs have been properly identified.
Confused? You’re not alone – but we can help you work out if you are entitled to have your care fees paid for by the NHS.
Remember that NHS funded CHC is not means-tested. Therefore, regardless of how rich or poor you are, if you have a Primary Health Need, then all your health needs (and accommodation) must be met in full by the NHS.
You should not be asked to contribute anything, in fact it is illegal. Remember, Continuing Healthcare is a matter of health not wealth.
It also defines the work undertaken by a community care law solicitor. Community Care Law is all that Steene Law practice. Call us for a FREE chat.
They have very wide powers and often make some of the most difficult decisions a Court is ever asked to consider. At Steene Law we deal with Court of Protection cases every day and are always happy to have a FREE conversation if you think you might need the Court’s help with a property or health matter on behalf of a person who cannot make decisions for themselves.
The definition of eligible needs comes from the Care Act 2014. The national eligibility criteria set a minimum threshold for adult social care. All local authorities must, as a minimum, meet these needs. ‘Needs’ include a person’s day to day outcomes such as eating, dressing, toileting, being appropriately clothed, using their home safely, maintaining a habitable home environment developing and maintaining family and other personal relationships and access to work or education.
The Fast Track method to get NHS Continuing Healthcare is meant to be used when a clinician considers a patient’s condition has rapidly deteriorated, and if they are judged by a doctor or nurse to be in their so called “terminal phase”. Once Fast Track NHS continuing healthcare has been approved the NHS must provide for the care at the person’s home, or in a care home. If you are being told it is being withdrawn, call Steene Law for a FREE chat, as removing the fast track pathway continuing healthcare may be unlawful
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We are available from 8am to 7pm, 365 days of the year and will explain your options.
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