A carer's assessment involves a discussion between the carer and a care worker from the Council's Adult Social Care Locality team. You have the right to have your own needs assessed, even if the person you care for has refused support services or an assessment of their own needs. A carer's assessment is not the same as a needs assessment, which evaluates your cared for’s needs.
The assessment is not about how good you are at caring. It assesses how much support you need and the effect of your caring role on your health, wellbeing, work and family life. Be realistic about what your relative's needs are. The Carers 'Understanding your Needs' Information Gathering Form [595kb], provides a range of questions / prompts that may help you consider your caring role. This may help you prepare for the assessment by thinking through the areas you are struggling with which will help the Council ensure you are given the right advice, information and support.
Under the Care Act 2014, which came into force in April 2015, local authorities have a legal duty to assess any carer who requests an assessment or appears to need support.
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