A carers’ assessment is a way of identifying your needs as a carer and making sure you get the support that you're eligible for.
The assessment considers the impact the care and support you provide is having on your own wellbeing. An assessment also helps us to understand the impact of caring on other aspects of your life, including:
- whether you can do the things you want to do day-to-day
- whether you're able or willing to carry on caring
- if you work or want to work
- whether you want to study or socialise more.
We have a range of support available to support carers to look after their own health and wellbeing but depending on your eligibility, you may also be entitled to other services such as a personal budget.
Also, if you're looking after someone, it is important to check that both you and the person you're caring for are getting the financial help you are entitled to. This can help with some of the costs of caring or help towards your pension entitlements in the future.
Find out more about support for carers by downloading the carers information booklet (PDF 2.5mb)
Find out more about getting financial help.
As a carer, you can have an assessment even if the person you care for does not want to have an assessment. If the person you're caring for is having an assessment, you may want to have your needs assessed together – this is called a combined assessment.
If you decide you don't want a carers’ assessment, you should still be involved in any assessments with the person you're caring for.
The assessment could be done face-to-face or over the phone. We will use the assessment to identify your support needs, and to discuss how these could be met.
This might include providing information and advice, training, signposting you to local or national organisations or helping you to have a break from caring.
Young carers’ assessments are normally carried out as part of the assessment with the person you're caring for. This is so that we can try and make sure that the right support is in place for your whole family.
If the person being cared for is over 18 years old, contact the Access Point, the contact centre for Adult Social Care.
You can also get advice or support from the Young Carers' Project.
If you're a parent of a disabled child aged under 18, you may need special support to suit your needs. To find out what support you're eligible for, your child may be assessed by our Children’s Services.
The assessment should take into account detailed information about your family, including:
- your background and culture
- your own views and preferences
- the needs of any other children you have.
A care plan will be drawn up that includes services to benefit both you and your disabled child. For example, there could be adaptations to the home, help with bathing or regular respite breaks to ensure you get the rest you need.
For further information, see the Children's Disability Services.