Jargon Buster

The language and terms used by people working in health and social care may be unfamiliar to many people.

The Think Local Act Personal Jargon Buster provides plain English definitions of the most commonly used jargon in social care.

To use the Think Local Act Personal jargon buster visit: www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk

We have also listed below some ‘jargon’ that the Portsmouth Carers Service team frequently use.


Adult Social Care


Behaviour support plan
A written document to help support a child or adult with a disability who behaves in a way that other people find difficult.


Anyone (18+) who supports a family member, friend, or neighbour, in an unpaid capacity where that person could not cope without that support. Also known as INFORMAL CARER or UNPAID CARER.

Carers Break
Time away from caring to do something relaxing, fun and enjoyable that will improve a carer's wellbeing.


Emergency Plan
This is a detailed plan of what needs to happen in the event of an emergency and you are unable to look after your loved one.


Occupational Therapy

Older Persons Mental Health


Parent Carer
A parent who provides extra support to their child who has any additional needs, disability or illness.

Portsmouth City Council

Package of Care

Portsmouth Carers Card
This is a card to keep on your person (debit card size). In an emergency you can be easily identified as a carer. This will alert emergency services that there is someone who relies on your care and they need to action your emergency plan.


Queen Alexandra Hospital


Depending on your circumstances, respite (a longer break from your caring role) can be arranged through Portsmouth Carers Service or Adult Social Care.


Sitting Service
A sitting service can be arranged to give carers the opportunity to spend a few hours away from the person they care for. A paid carer goes to their home and spends time with the person they care for, they will not normally provide personal care but can help with basic tasks.

Support Plan
Following your carer's assessment, a support plan will be agreed upon and details the support to be provided. This can range from one-off emotional support to sitting service.


Young Adult Carer
A carer aged 18-25 years.

Young Carer
A child/young person (under 18 years) who often takes on practical and emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult,