Adult health and social care

Get a social care assessment


You may be looking for support either to help you continue to live independently, or because someone you care for needs additional support.

There's lots of community and voluntary groups across Barnsley that can support you in different ways. Our Live Well Barnsley directory includes information about these groups.

If you can't find what you need from a community group, you can contact us for information and advice. We'll have a discussion with you about the things that are important in your daily life and find the most suitable options to help you. This could include:

  • information and referrals (including to other agencies), as some of our partners may be better able to support your needs
  • a social care assessment

Having a social care assessment

A social care assessment usually takes place at your home and you can have a family member, friend or advocate with you, especially if they're helping to care for you. 

As part of the assessment we'll build on our discussion about the things that are important in your life, and look at the ways that we can help you. We'll ask you questions to see whether you're able to:

  • get out of bed
  • get washed and dressed
  • go to the toilet unaided
  • make and eat meals
  • move around your home safely
  • keep your home clean and safe
  • use local services, like buses, and go to the shops
  • get enough contact with other people 

We'll also check whether you have any support in place already, and then work out if you qualify for some help from us to arrange your care.

Call (01226) 773300 to start your social care assessment. After your assessment we'll write to you to tell you about the decision we've made and the reasons why. 

How we work out if you qualify for support

We use Department of Health guidance to work out whether you qualify for help from us to arrange your care. We take into consideration the following eligibility criteria:

  • whether you have a disability, health need or impairment
  • whether, as a result of a disability, health need or impairment, you're unable to manage some important aspects of your life without support
  • whether a disability, health need or impairment is having a significant impact on your physical, mental, emotional or social wellbeing

Our decision is based on your needs and what they prevent you from achieving, such as staying safe or living well at home. We'll also look at the impact this has on your wellbeing. If you don't qualify for support we'll tell you why and give you information about other organisations that can help you.

If you qualify for support

If you're entitled to some care and support services at home we'll work out how much this will cost. There's a charge for adult social care, and most people will have to pay something towards the cost of their services.

We'll do a financial assessment of your circumstances to calculate how much you can afford to pay towards the cost of your care. You can read more about having a financial assessment or use our online contribution calculator below to work out how much you may need to pay.

Based on your financial circumstances you may need to pay all, some, or nothing towards the cost of your care. When we've worked this out, we'll tell you how much money's available to cover the cost of your care. This amount is called your 'personal budget' and it's made up of your contribution and ours towards your care.

If you need longer-term support in a care home, we'll work out how much you need to contribute towards paying for a care home. We'll also help you find a home that's suitable for your needs. Read more about finding a care home.

If you don't qualify for support

If you don't qualify for help from us because you don't meet the national criteria for care, we'll still give you information and advice. We can also put you in touch with services in the community that may be able to help you. Some of these services are free, some you'd need to pay for.

Find a service on Live Well Barnsley to see support available that you can arrange yourself.

Help for carers

We provide advice and support for people who are caring for a family member or friend. If you're caring for someone, because they can't manage without some support, see our information about support for carers and having a carer's assessment.

Out-of-hours service

If you need help urgently and our office is closed, call our out-of-hours service on (01226) 787789. This service operates between 5pm and 8.45am Monday to Friday, and 24-hours on weekends and bank holidays. Please only use this service for emergency referrals for adult or children's social care that can't wait until our office is open.

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