Support for carers
A carer is generally defined as an individual who provides, or intends to provide, care for another individual.
The Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP) or Young Carer Statement (YCS) are the new tools under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 to work out a carer's needs and personal outcomes. They look at a carer's responsibilities and how the caring role impacts on their health and wellbeing.
The Carer Support Service can help a carer complete an ACSP or YCS, identify where help may be needed, and then draw up a plan to support them.
We use eligibility criteria for adult and young carers to access social care services.
The caring situation, the impact of caring on the carer's quality of life and the risk of the carer not being able to continue caring is discussed in the ACSP or YCS. These areas, or quality of life indicators, are used to assess a carer's eligibility for social care services.
The adult carers indicators have been adapted to better fit young carers using the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) Wellbeing Indicators.
Community care assessment
The person you care for may also be entitled to a community care assessment. The assessment will help identify what community care services they need.
If the person you care for refuses a community care assessment or services for themselves you can still have an ACSP or YCS.
Our Unpaid Carers' information pack (pdf 768kb) is for adult and young (under the age of 18) unpaid carers who care for someone who may not be able to care for themselves. It contains information that you told us you'd find useful to have in one place.
If you'd like to give feedback, make any comments, queries or suggestions about the pack or about the future of unpaid carer support in Aberdeenshire, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out if you are a carer
We have produced a booklet - Are you looking after someone? (pdf 1.61MB) - to help you identify if you are a carer. It can help you decide if you would benefit from an ACSP to make sure you are getting the support you need. It also includes details of the support and advice available locally for unpaid carers.