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Carers assessment

If you look after someone on a regular basis and caring has a major impact on your life, then a carer’s assessment could help you.

All carers have recognised legal rights, and as a carer, you are entitled to an assessment of your own needs.
If there’s more than one carer providing regular care in your household, you are both entitled to an assessment.

The care coordinator of the person you care for should inform you of your right to request an assessment.

What’s it for?

The purpose of a carer’s assessment is to discuss the help you need with caring, plus help to maintain your own health and balance caring with your life, work and family commitments.
We’ll  listen to you and talk about your individual circumstances so we can find the right support for you.

Some things you may want to think about

  • Do you get enough sleep?
  • Is your health affected in other ways?
  • Are you able to get out and about?
  • Do you get any time for yourself?
  • Are your other relationships affected?
  • Do you want information about benefits?
  • Are you worried you may have to give up work?
  • Is the person you care for getting enough help?

You can have someone with you at the time of the assessment if you think that might be helpful.
You’re entitled to an assessment even if the person you care for refuses to have an assessment themselves.

If you are a carer and have not had a carer’s needs assessment you should tell the care coordinator.