Any person (adult or young person) who provides or intends to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis is entitled to a carer's assessment.
The assessment is free - it is not about judging the way you are caring for someone. You can talk about your needs in confidence, away from the person you care for, if you wish.
The assessment will look at how you are affected by the demands and the level of care that you give - the impact of being a carer on your own life and if there is any way we can support you.
Support for you
This includes information and advice about things like:
- short-breaks or social activities
- emotional support – counselling and support groups
- help to get your voice heard (advocacy)
- education and training opportunities
- complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy
Carer's Self Assessment
You can complete a Carer's Self Assessment here if you would like to see if you may be entitled to any services that could make your caring role easier.
When you submit the form it will be forwarded to an adult social care team who will respond within two working days.
What happens if your needs change?
If your needs or circumstances change, it's important that we look again at the services we provide. It may mean that you need more help, or not as much. Your social worker will arrange a review every year.
How much do services cost?
If we have assessed you as needing services we are required to financially assess whether you have to pay any contribution towards the costs of that service.
This financial assessment takes into account your income, savings and outgoings. The amount of contribution will depend on your financial circumstances and ability to pay.
We have a team of Community Financial Assessors who will advise and assist you to claim extra benefits and complete the financial assessment form. If have more than £23,250 in savings (not including the value of the property you live in), we will expect you to pay the full cost of services.