It explores with you how you can use your skills, knowledge, support networks such as family and friends as well as local community resources to help you feel better supported as a carer and to live your life. You can have this conversation with Slough Carers Support Service, Adult Social Care or Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.
This usually takes place when you feel you are in crisis and overwhelmed by your caring role. It will consider what is available to help you carry on as a carer through identifying opportunities and linking to support networks. A support plan will be developed and might result in a one off payment based on your assessed eligible needs.
This will address your longer term needs as a carer. It might include providing services such as short breaks to help you continue with your caring role. This conversation will be undertaken by either Adult Social Care or Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.
Single and combined conversations
You are also entitled to either a single assessment focusing on you as a carer, or a combined assessment, for you and the person you care for, when you are both in agreement. Combined assessments will be undertaken by either Adult Social Care or Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and will also adopt a strength based approach.