Surrey Supported Self Assessment and Resource Allocation System
In Surrey the Supported Self Assessment and Resource Allocation System captures information about the support that the carer needs to continue to care on an ongoing basis. The main RAS looks at substituting for support from the carer (paying for the carer to have some time away from caring). The personal budget for the service user will therefore often include a specific amount to help carers support the service user (sharing the care to sustain the caring situation). However, it does not provide (give points) for things that promote the carer's social inclusion or make financial allocations to address carers' one off needs. Resources for this can be allocated separately through a carer's personal budget.
There is also discretion to transfer all or part of a Community Care Service to the carer as a 'Carers Service' where this is not being used for intimate personal care. The guidance emphasises that, where a full Supported Self Assessment is being undertaken, assessors should discuss with the family the use of any element within the main RAS identified for a carer's needs.
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