This first part of this section looks at the various care options available to you, either in your own home or in a residential or nursing home. The second part focuses on the vital role of carers, services available to them and some of the issues they have to face.
Care Options Assessment
It is the duty of Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care, following a request from you as a disabled person, your carer or your authorised representative, to assess your needs regarding practical help in the home. Carers are also entitled to an assessment in their own right and Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care need to consider the carer’s ability to provide care on a regular basis.
Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care aim to arrange for the provision of services to allow you to live in your own home for as long as possible. An assessment of need is carried out by a Social Care Assessor. They will help you identify the most appropriate facilities and services, and put together a package of care, including costs.
If you apply for residential care and your assessment shows that you could stay at home with an appropriate package of care, this will be discussed; Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care bear the cost of the care package and you will be means-tested and might have to contribute.
A Care Plan is intended to supplement the help and care provided by relatives and carers. Community Care Assistants can help you with personal tasks such as washing, dressing and eating and you would be expected to pay an amount, per hour, for their services.
Arrangements can be made to provide you with a hot meal either at home or at a day centre or luncheon club. Support to manage child-care can be offered if your disability makes this difficult.
The level and amount of help you receive is determined by the Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care assessment and resulting Care Plan of which you will receive copies.
Age UK (Tel: 01733 564185) administers a Home Support scheme using self-employed people to carry out services such as cleaning, laundry and shopping. There is a charge for these services.
Caring Together (from 15th July 2019) 08452410954, (formerly Carers Trust)
Day centres, residential and nursing homes
A list of registered homes can be obtained from the Registration and Inspection Unit. Tel: 01733 563141
You may also wish to refer to the “Peterborough Community Care Directory”, Contact Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care, the library or your G.P.
Residential care homes are run by private individuals or companies on a commercial basis, or by voluntary groups such as charities. They provide help if you cannot manage alone and need help with personal care. They cannot provide long-term, full-time nursing care.
A nursing home is appropriate if you need nursing care on a regular basis. Homes have qualified nursing staff, 24hrs per day. Most are owned either privately or by voluntary organisations. Some homes offer both residential and nursing care, so that you do not have to move if your nursing needs change.
The Sue Ryder Home, Thorpe Hall, Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough PE3 6LW Tel: 01733 330060 is a registered nursing home which provides palliative care to patients who are terminally ill and also respite care for chronically sick people. It offers a wide range of services and also operates as a day centre for many local groups of disabled people.
Costs vary hugely between residential homes, depending on the level of care required.
If you are assessed as being eligible for residential care, Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care may meet some of the cost of care. However you may still have to contribute to the cost of your care. The amount of your contribution will be dependant on your personal financial situation.
Residential and nursing homes may be able to offer respite care. Check with Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care. Tel 01733747474
The Family Link Scheme offers short breaks to children and young people with disabilities within the homes of specialist carers.
The aim of the scheme is to match carers with families and create extended families that are able to offer short breaks on a regular basis. Most of the children and young people that access the Family Link Scheme live at home with their families and these short breaks give them the opportunity to develop new relationships in a safe and caring environment.
Children’s respite care, to discuss your needs as a carer of a disabled child and arrange a carers assessment call Children’s and Families Department on
Tel: 01733 864180
Carers might find a basic course in first aid very useful. The Red Cross run training sessions in First Aid at their Peterborough Branch in Brassey Close. There is a 4 hour 30 minute course that covers basic first aid.There is a course of 13 consecutive sessions, which includes First Aid, Resuscitation and Care of the Unconscious. Tel: 0344 412 2808 for dates of courses.
St. John’s Ambulance also runs courses Tel: 01733 565708. Waiting for up date from St John
Financial and legal matters
If the person you care for becomes incapable of managing their affairs you can become their appointee. You need a letter from their doctor confirming the situation. If you take the letter to the Benefits Agency and complete form BF56, benefits will then be sent out in your name. If you have power of attorney you will automatically be able to become an appointee once the Benefits agency has a photocopy of confirmation of this.
Why set up a Lasting Power of Attorney?
If you lose mental capacity, unless you’ve already filled in the Power of Attorney forms, your loved ones would need to apply through court to become ‘deputy’ in order to manage your affairs and access your money, even if it is to pay for your care. This can be a long and expensive process.
By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney, you can nominate a trusted friend or relative before you lose capacity. For more information and full step-by-step instructions, see Power of Attorney guide.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows a person to nominate a trusted friend or relative to look after their affairs if they lose capacity.
There are two types of LPA: one for finance and property, another for health and welfare. These are separate documents, and from this month it costs £82 to register each one in England and Wales (£164 in total, if you choose to set up both). as of 4th July 2019
Lasting Power of Attorney replaced the previous Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) system. EPAs set up before 1 October 2007 are still valid, whether or not they have been registered, though they must be registered when a person loses capacity, which now also costs £82 instead of £110.
What to do after a death
Registrar of Births and Deaths, 33 Thorpe Road, Peterborough Tel: 01733864646
When someone dies at home you need to call your doctor who will sign a medical certificate confirming death. If the death is in hospital the doctor there will sign the certificate. Within five days of the death you have to take the medical certificate to the Registrar of Births and Deaths, the office is open 9.30am-4pm weekdays. You will need to take personal details of the deceased including their date and place of both birth and death, and also their marriage certificate if applicable. The Registrar will want to know if they were receiving a pension or any welfare benefits. The Registrar will then issue the death certificate and the notification of disposal, which should be given to the Funeral Director. You will probably need up to five copies of the death certificate, for the Will, pension, insurance claims etc.