Carer's assessment

Any carer who appears to have needs for support has a right to a carer’s assessment

This means if you are a carer you can have a carer’s assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial circumstances or your level of need for support.

You can have an assessment whether or not the person you care for has had an assessment of their needs. Even if they are not eligible for support you can still have an assessment.

If you and the person you care for agree, a joint assessment of both your needs can be undertaken at the same time.

How a carer's assessment can help you

The aim of a carer’s assessment is to find out about your needs and how we may be able to help. It can help us to understand the best way to support you to maintain your own health and wellbeing whilst balancing caring with other aspects of your life.

Assessment opportunities
  • Talk and reflect on your own needs as a carer
  • Share your experience of caring and to recognise your role as a carer
  • Be given information and advice
  • Identify and discuss any difficulties you may have

An assessment is not about your capability to care but it will look at ways in which we can best help you in your caring role.

Am I eligible for a service?

There are three questions the assessor will have to consider in making their decision:

  • are your needs the result of you providing necessary care?
  • does your caring role have an effect on you?
  • is there, or is there likely to be, a significant impact on your wellbeing?

If the answer to all three questions is yes, then you will have eligible needs. These questions are explained in more detail in the preparation guides below.

If you are eligible, your needs could be met by a range of options, including paid services and services provided by the voluntary sector.

Even if you do not meet the eligibility criteria, there are still a number of support options that can be accessed.

Find out how you can arrange a break from caring

Preparing for an assessment

Please view the guides for help preparing for a carer’s assessment:

A preparation guide for carers

A preparation guide for carers - Large print

A preparation guide for carers - EasyRead Version

Support planning

If the outcome of your assessment is that you are eligible to receive services you will then have your own support plan (Carer's Personal Plan) developed. The plan will then need to be agreed between you and the assessor.

The plan will outline any outcomes and actions that were recorded in your assessment. It will also show if you are due to have any services in place and a schedule of when you will receive the service.