If you give substantial and regular support to someone in their home, you are entitled to have an assessment of your own needs so that you can get services to help you provide the support you give. By law, you are entitled to an assessment even if the person you care for doesn't want or need services themselves.
What is an assessment?
It is simply the way professional workers from Health or Social Care organisations find out what your caring situation is, and what would help you to continue providing the help and support or personal care you are giving your relative, partner, friend or neighbour.
Why bother having an assessment?
An assessment could help you in many ways, for example it could help you to get:
- the opportunity for your voice to be heard in any decisions the person you care for may make about getting services in the future
- advice about benefits and managing your finances
- caring services to help share the caring
- services to give you a break from caring
- help with any health problems you may have
- equipment or adaptations in the home of the person you care for to make caring for them physically easier for you
- contact with other carers in similar positions to yourself
- help to find information about the condition and treatment of the health condition of the person you are helping
- someone to talk to about your situation
- information about what might be available in the future if you required help
- services for the person you care for to make it easier for you to continue working
- help to think about and plan what would happen if an emergency situation meant you could not care for your loved one
How to get an assessment
- If you look after an adult call 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.
Documents on this page
Use the Documents section on this page to see examples of the assessment form and action plan which you may find useful to look at beforehand. In addition, the 'Assessment for carers' and 'Quick guide for carers' leaflets provide further useful information.
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.
If you are a young carer (someone who is a carer and is under 18), then see our 'Young Carers' page.in the Related pages section.