What is Adult Social Care?
Adult Social Care is a part of the Council of the Isles of Scilly with legal duties to look after the welfare of people on the Islands, taking into account their race, culture, special needs and religion. We work with other organisations to provide a range of practical services to meet individual needs. Our current priorities are to serve those people who are:
- in danger of physical or emotional harm
- at risk of losing their independence
- unable to maintain a satisfactory quality of life.
What does Adult Social Care do?
Adult Social Care offers support to people in a wide range of circumstances. Everyone can get information and advice from us, and many people receive further help. Most of the support we give is aimed at enabling people to maintain their independence, in their own home in their local community.
Who do we help?
Adult social care is committed to helping all vulnerable adults. This would include:
- elderly people
- people with disabilities
- people with alcohol and drug problems
- people with mental health problems
As well as help within the community, we sometimes arrange residential services. We also work closely with the police and other agencies to protect people from harm
How do we help?
We can provide or arrange all sorts of services, usually in partnership with other agencies.
Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting power of attorney or 'LPA' is an authorization to act on someone else's behalf in legal matters. The person authorising the LPA, the 'Donor', can delegate decision-making powers to an attorney or attorneys. This person can be a friend, family member or a solicitor. The attorney can be given powers relating to the donor's personal welfare, as well as their property and affairs. A person can have more than one attorney. It could be to a person's advantage to have a separate attorney for personal welfare and financial benefits.
Further information can be obtained from:-
Adult Social Care, in person via the Town Hall, or phone 01720 424 000
Solicitors specialising in power of attorney work:
Coodes Solicitors - www.coodes.co.uk Opens in a new window
Does everyone get help from Adult Social Care?
Everyone can ask for information and advice from Adult Social Care. This might be all you need:
- home help
- meals on wheels
- residential care homes
- day centres
- social work
- respite care
- occupational therapy
- Lifeline call systems
Care services are provided by all kinds of organisations. You may come to Adult Social Care to find out what is available, and then arrange the services yourself.
If you need more help, Adult Social Care staff will discuss your needs with you. We may be able to arrange services directly for you, or might even be able to arrange and buy your own services with our support - such as under a scheme called 'Direct Payments'. Leaflets explaining all the services are available from the One Stop Shop at the Town Hall, St Mary's; also at the Health Centre and other public buildings.
We don't do everything!
No one organisation can meet everyone's needs. Adult Social Care works in partnership with Health, Housing and other caring organisations to plan, provide and arrange services. If we can't help you ourselves, we will always try to put you in touch with someone who can.
The money available to arrange and help pay for care services is limited. Adult Social Care staff have to use this money to help the people who need services most. However we can give more advice and information about services even if we can't arrange them for you.