Adult carers support plans

What we can do to help you identify your needs and outcomes

What is an adult carer support plan?

An adult carer support plan (ACSP) starts with a conversation where you discuss your caring role and what is important to you in your life.

It helps plan what could help you work towards your goals.

Why is an adult carer support plan important?

An adult carer support plan helps you to think about what support you might need if you wish to continue caring and what could help you to have a life alongside caring. The plan sets out any needs you have and how they will be met.

Making a plan also helps to decide which level you reach in the local eligibility criteria for support. This will be used to decide what support you have a right to.

No matter what level you are, every carer can access information and support from community organisations like Lanarkshire Carers Centre or North Lanarkshire Carers Together.

You may also be able to access other forms of support too.

How do you make an adult carer support plan?

Before you have a conversation with your worker, it can help to think of a typical day helping the person you care for and make a note of your needs and concerns.

If the caring situation changes a lot over time, think about what a good and bad day look like. Also think about the things that could help you cope with caring.

Your worker might talk about outcomes with you.

Outcomes are a way of describing what is important to you and what your aims and hopes are. Some examples of outcomes are:

  • Being as well as you can be
  • Feeling valued 
  • Feeling informed
  • Having a life outside of caring
  • Being listened to

The key points of the conversation are written down with agreed actions and this becomes the adult carer support plan.

You will have a copy to keep. If you wish, a copy can also be given to any other person you choose.

How can I find out more about having an adult carer support plan?

Get in touch with Lanarkshire Carers Centre or North Lanarkshire Carers Together who can advise on local information or contact your local social work office for further details.


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