"I live alone and cannot get out of bed to go to the toilet or feed myself. There is no one else who can help me. I urgently need help now."
If you cannot get an advocate for your assessment or appeal date
Ask to have your assessment or appeal on a different day.
If your local authority refuses, write an email to explain why you need an assessment with an advocate.
I need help with getting out of bed and washing myself. I can only get the support I need through this assessment. I will struggle without support. I will be at a disadvantage in this assessment without my advocate.
If they refuse again, you could either:
say you are going to complain, and see if that helps
ask them to refer you for a statutory advocate
If these things do not help, make a formal complaint.
Local charities and advocacy organisations may be able to provide emotional support.
The Care Act 2014 says that your local authority must make sure that you have an advocate if you find it hard to do any of the following in an assessment or appeal:
use information to choose between options
say what you want, think and feel
You can ask for an advocate even if
you have not used one before
you need one because of something that's happened recently
you need one sometimes, but not all of the time
If you need an advocate, your local authority must make sure that you have one. They may ask if you have a family or friend who can be your advocate.
You do not have to accept anyone your local authority suggests. If you do not want them to be your advocate, your local authority must find someone else.
The law says that your advocate cannot be your paid carer.
Asking your local authority for an advocate
If you are eligible and do not already have an advocate, your local authority must provide one.
You can ask your local authority for an advocate at any time.
If your social worker knows that you need an advocate, this should happen before your assessment. If you do not have a social worker, you can still ask your local authority for an advocate.
Write to your local authority saying why you need someone to support you. Keep a copy of your request.
You could email something like:
"I find it hard to remember and understand information. Because of this, I always take someone with me to my doctor's appointments. I think I am going to struggle in this assessment. Please can I have an advocate?"