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As a carer there’s plenty of strange words thrown around that may not make a lot of sense to you when you first hear them, below we’ve put together a list of all of the most commonly used terminology in the care sector by the council, institutions and other carers.

A

Assessment:

Process of making a judgement about something.

 

Advocacy:

Enablement of you to get support you require independent of the local council.

 

After-care:

Support that is provided in-house or in the community post-hospitalisation discharge.

 

Autism:

Mental condition characterised by difficulty of communication and relations with other people.

 

B

Benefits:

Financial aid provided due to situational impact on an individual’s health or other circumstances.

 

Behaviour Disorder:

Health conditions causing impact on behavioural actions socially and emotionally.

 

C

Care Plan:

A plan created after an assessment stating what your care needs are and how they will be met.

 

Carer:

A person whom provides unpaid support to another individual who is ill, disabled or struggling, thus would not manage without their aid.

 

Care Worker:

A person of whom is paid to support an individual who may be ill, disabled or struggling and would not be able to manage without his help.

 

Community Care Services:

Social care services that can help individuals live fully and independently rather than staying in a care home.

 

Care Act:

A UK Law passed in 2014 setting out the definition of care and carers entitlement from local councils.

 

Carer’s Allowance:

Weekly payment by the government to carers, dependent on hours of care, personal salary and the benefits you provide with your care to the cared for.

 

Carer’s Assessment:

Assessment of a carers needs by the local council. The needs assessed are of the carer themselves and not those separate to the needs of the person being cared for.

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:

Therapy form to help manage problems via a change in the way of thinking.

 

Confidentiality:

Keeping information regarding someone safe and private from others.

 

Consent:

Agreement of permission for someone to act.

 

Councillor:

A professional who is trained to listen and aid through problems or issues being faced and the emotions they evoke.

 

D

Direct Payment:

Money paid directly to yourself or paid out directly to someone else by you on a regular basis.

 

Degenerative Condition:

A condition that worsens over time.

 

Discharge (Hospital):

Hospital’s allowance of people to leave and return home.

 

Dementia:

A syndrome concerning an ongoing decline of brain functionality including memory loss, thinking speed, movement slowdown and language difficulties.

 

Developmental Disability:

A form of disability which affects development of a person’s brain, causing difficulties throughout their whole life.

 

Duty of Candour:

When a situation that has gone wrong concerning health or social care provided to you, the provider has a legal duty to be open and explain the situation to you.

 

E

Eligibility:

Determination of whether or not you meet criteria for certain services.

 

F

Formal Patient:

Someone who is held hospitalised and is not allowed to leave for the safety of themselves and others.

 

Frailty:

Condition of becoming more susceptible to illness or injury and difficulty recovering as you get older.

 

G

Gateway Worker:

A mental health worker who helps deal with problems like mild depression, anxiety or stress etc.

 

H

Home Care:

Care provided in your own home by a paid care worker to help with daily tasks. Also known as domiciliary care.

 

Handy Persons Service:

Local service offering aid with small, practical tasks at home.

 

Homeshare:

An arrangement of someone living with another person who required aid in their own home with minor tasks such as cleaning.

 

I

Independent Living:

Living in your own home independently with the level of assistance received being by choice.

 

Impairment:

A physical or mental issue that someone is born with.

 

Intermediate Care:

Care services aimed at keeping conditions stable and the cared for independent at home rather than progressively declining in condition until hospitalisation.

 

J

Joint Assessment:

Having an assessment of a carer and the cared for’s needs simultaneously.

 

K

Kindship Care:

Where a family member or friend cares for a child full time due to the parents not doing so.

 

L

Learning Disability:

Where a brain impairment causes difficulties in learning how to communicate, understand complex information or learn new skills.

 

M

Means-Tested Contribution:

Financial assessment of means to recognise level of contribution the council will provide in terms of benefits or other entitlements.

 

N

Named Social Worker:

A single social worker that is allocated to an individual as a point of contact.

 

Necessary Care:

Care/support provided by an unpaid carer to help the dependent do what they are unable to do independently.

 

Needs Assessment:

A consideration of what needs you have based on age, disability and illness and if they are being facilitated.

 

Neurotypical:

Description of an individual who has a brain which operates in a typical manner.

 

Next of Kin:

Your closest relative by marriage or blood.

 

Nominated Individual:

A person who leads a care service and ensures the services are safe and of a good quality, judged by the CQC.

 

O

Older People:

Those typically over the age of 50 to most institutions.

 

P

Personal Assistant:

Someone you choose to support you in the way you deem best.

 

Personal Budget:

Allocated means to pay for your care support as outlined by your assessment.

 

Preventative Services:

Services to prevent one or more serious issues developing from a currently not so problematic situation(s).

 

Q

N/A

 

R

Respite Care:

A service to give carers a break by provision of short-term care for the dependent.

 

Review:

A re-assessment of your care needs to determine if your needs are successfully being met following initial assessment.

 

Rights:

What you are entitled to legally as a citizen.

 

Risk Assessments:

An assessment of your health, safety, wellbeing and ability to manage daily routine tasks.

 

S

Safeguarding:

Process of ensuring adults that are at risk are not being mistreated, abused or exploited.

 

Self-Assessment:

Assessment of one self in regards to your own circumstances and why you need support.

 

Signposting:

Recommendation of information you may find useful by us for you to explore.

 

Social Care:

Aid required such as personal care or practical assistance to live independently and comfortably.

 

T

Tertiary Care:

Specialist in health and care for the requiring specific issues. These forms of care often have equipment specific for the issue’s needs.

 

Transfer of Care:

When moving from one form of care area to another a transfer occurs.

 

Triage:

Process of assessment to decide if urgent medical attention is needed or how long such can be delayed.

 

U

Urgent Care Centre:

A centre for illness or injury staffed by nurses and GPs. An alternative to A&E services.

 

V

Voluntary Sector:

Organisations such as our own that are independent of government and local councils action.

 

W

Walk-in Centre:

A NHS centre accessible without an appointment to treat illness or injuries that are not serious enough to go to A&E.

 

Wellbeing:

Encapsulates your physical and mental health, control over daily life and relationships.

 

X

N/A

 

Y

Young Carers:

A young person aged 18 or under that is a carer, aka looks after someone who depends on them for support.

 

Z

Zero-Day Admission:

When you visit hospital but end up not needing to stay for a night or more.

 

0-9

N/A

 

If there’s any words you think we’ve missed, just tweet us at @HarrowCarers with the hashtag #WhatDoesThisMean?

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