Carers Assessment

The law says if you provide or intend to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis you are entitled to a carer’s assessment.

The assessment provides the carer the opportunity to gain support from their local authority social services department.

You are entitled to a carer’s assessment if you:

• Live with the person you are caring for
• Live away from the person you are caring for
• Care for someone full time
• Care for someone as well as working full or part time

The assessment aims to:

• Identify the best possible support for you and the person you care for
• Find out how caring affects other areas of your life, such as education, work, social life and leisure time
• Find out what will help you to continue providing the level of care that you are happy with

What support may you be offered?

• You may be entitled to some sort of short break service so that you have some respite
• You may get additional support for the person you look after which will allow you some time to yourself
• You may be entitled to a direct payment which can help pay for help around the house, again gaining valuable you time

The assessment is not linked in any way to Carer’s Allowance.

For more information and how to apply for a carers assessment, contact your local social services department