Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) criteria (produced by the Department of Health, 2003) provides councils with the framework for setting eligibility for adult social care services.
The framework is based on individuals' needs and risks to independence were services not provided.
Four eligibility bands are set out - 'critical', 'substantial', 'moderate' and 'low'. These are as follows:
The bands include criteria relating to:
Not all of these criteria apply to each band. For example, 'threat to life' and 'significant health problems' relate only to the 'critical' band.
The Eligibility questionnaire below will help you to understand which band you are. The questionnaire is only a guide and you should contact the Adult Social Care Department for a full Assessment.
If your assessment shows that you are either Critical or Substantial it is likely that you will be entitled to support. However, this can only be assessed once a full financial assessment has been carried out.