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Image: Customer Guides: Accessible guidance for practitioners to use with people accessing services, families and carers, to help them understand important issues and the support available to them.

Accessible guidance for practitioners to use with people accessing services, families and carers, to help them understand important issues and the support available to them.

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What is adult social care? Brief Guide (2011)

Published: 2011

What is adult social care? Brief Guide (2011)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Anyone may need social care but the evidence shows that many people know little about it. This guide lets you know what adult social care is, how it works and how you know if it is working well.

Aimed at: All service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-003

What is self-directed support? Brief Guide (2011)

Published: 2011

What is self-directed support? Brief Guide (2011)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Anyone may need social care but the evidence shows that many people know little about what it is and how it works.

This guide lets you know how social care can be arranged in a way that means you are in control.

Aimed at: All service users

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-004

What is a carer? Brief Guide (2013)

Published: Jan 2012

What is a carer? Brief Guide (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This guide provides an introduction based on learning from experience and from research. It tells you what a carer is, and provides advice and insight from other carers.

Anyone may become a carer but the evidence shows that many people know little about what being a carer involves.

Aimed at: Anyone working with adults.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-002
What is reablement? Brief Guide (2012)

Published: Jan 2012

What is reablement? Brief Guide (2012)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Anyone may need social care but the evidence shows that many people know little about it. This guide provides a summary of one area of social care called reablement.

It tells you what reablement is, how it works and how you know if it is working well.

Aimed at: All social care practitioners, commissioners and carers.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-006
What is a user-led organisation? Brief Guide (2012)

Published: Jan 2012

What is a user-led organisation? Brief Guide (2012)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

User-led organisations are becoming increasingly important in adult social care. This guide provides a summary of what a user-led organisation is, what they do and how you can get the most out of them.

Aimed at: All service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-005

What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide (2013)

Published: Jan 2012

What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This guide provides a jargon-free introduction to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Sometimes people who have, for example, dementia, a learning disability, mental illness or a brain injury are unable to make decisions. Short-term conditions like concussion or having a urinary tract infection can also affect people’s ability to make decisions.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a law which says what to do when people are unable to make decisions for themselves and how they can plan for the future in case they lose capacity.

Aimed at: All social care practitioners and service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-007

What is a Resource Allocation System? Brief Guide (2013)

Published: Jan 2013

What is a Resource Allocation System? Brief Guide (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

If you have been assessed as being eligible for community care services, your council may use a Resource Allocation System (RAS) to estimate how much those services should cost. This guide explains how RASs work and provides practical advice to help people ensure the RAS is working well for their particular needs.

Aimed at: All service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-010

What is assistive technology? Brief Guide (2013)

Published: Sep 2013

What is assistive technology? Brief Guide (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This guide lets you know what assistive technology is and provides examples of technology so you can think about your own needs. It also contains practical advice and information, so you can find out more and make sure the technology is right for you.

Aimed at: All service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-009

What are information, advice and advocacy? Brief Guide (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

What are information, advice and advocacy? Brief Guide (2014)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

What is the difference between information, advice and advocacy? This helpful guide explains exactly that.

Local authorities are required to give people information and advice about social care, regardless of their eligibility for support, and this guide explains what people can expect from the information they receive. This is part of a larger suite of Brief Guides on a variety of topics and the series can be useful in meeting the requirement to provide information and advice about social care.

Aimed at: The public, information officers and practitioners who are supporting adults and their families.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-011
What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide (2014)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Councils have to ensure that people who are unable to make their own decisions about where they live are safeguarded from having their liberty restricted. It is essential that the public, families and carers understand what these safeguards are.

This Brief Guide provides a jargon-free introduction to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), explains how they work and sets out what to expect.

This is an updated and revised version of the original Brief Guide (first published in June 2013) and takes into account the Supreme Court ruling in 2014 that further clarified the legal definition of being ‘deprived of liberty’.

Aimed at: All service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-008

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