NI: Law Centre secures increased HSC Trust support package for older carer

Law Centre (NI)’s independent advice, support and mediation unit has acted for an older carer who needed advice and assistance about her needs as a carer and those of her son who lived with her.

Her son has complex physical and mental health needs following a road traffic accident as a child. The client contacted the Law Centre for help to reach agreement with the HSC Trust relating to the future care of her son so she could be assured that a care plan was in place as her ability to care declined.

Following a number of meetings with the HSC Trust, an increased Trust support package was agreed. The Trust also agreed to an adaptation to her property to enable care workers to attend her son without having to go through her home.

For many older carers in Northern Ireland, worried about their future ability to continue to provide care to loved ones, this important case underscores the importance of advice and assistance in reaching a concrete plan for future care.

People with similar needs and other health and social care issues can contact Law Centre (NI)’s Independent Advice, Support and Mediation Service (Community Care) helpline on 028 9024 4401, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Out of hours voicemail service available.

The services provides advice and assistance to adults who have needs due to physical or mental disability, ill health or age; adults with sensory disabilities; and adults whose needs arise because of their role as carer.

The service can help in cases which raise issues concerning the legal responsibilities of health and social care trusts and other public bodies in the provision of health and social care. It is also available for advisers, HSC Trust staff and other health providers who want to clarify their duties.

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