A carer's assessment gives you the chance to talk to us about the services available that can make caring easier for you, or help you if you are no longer able to care for your family member.
An assessment could help you in many ways, including:
- Finding out about services to give you a break from caring
- Advice about benefits and managing your finances
- Finding out about services to help share the caring
- Contact with other carers in similar positions to yourself
- Having someone to talk to about your situation
- Getting help with any health problems you may have
- Getting advice on balancing caring with your life, work and other family commitments
- Getting information about the condition and treatment for the person you care for
- Finding out about equipment or adaptations in the home to make physically caring for them easier
- Helping you be involved in the decisions the person you care for have to make
Getting a carer's assessment
- If you look after an adult call us on (0113) 222 4401
- If you look after a child call (0113) 222 4403
Your request will be passed to the team who cover the area you live in, and they will contact you directly to arrange an assessment. The assessor will meet with you to find out the amount of caring you do (including emotional support and encouragement as well as practical or physical help) and discuss the services available to you.
Before an assessment
You might want to think about the following
- Do you get enough sleep?
- Is your health affected in any way?
- Are you able to get out and about?
- Do you get 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?
Also, have a think about what help you might need if your circumstances change in the future. For example, older carers may have concerns about what will happen after their deaths to the person they cared for.
On the left hand side you can see examples of the assessment forms and action plan, which you may find useful to look at beforehand. You don't need to fill them in before the assessment.
The assessment is free of charge. The cared-for person may have some support services that may be charged for. Their financial assessment will not include your income as a carer. For more information, see the Carer's Assessment leaflet on the left hand side.
If you are a young carer (someone who is a carer and is under 18), then see our 'Young Carers' page.