What is a Carers Assessment?
All carers are entitled to an assessment of their needs, this is quite separate from the assessment of the person they care for.
A Carers Assessment enables carers to think about their needs and find out about any help available to them. The emphasis is on the carer assessing his/her own needs as no one knows these better than they do.
Carers Network now undertakes the same carers assessments as Westminster City Council and Hammersmith & Fulham council staff. If you’re not sure whether you should have an assessment with Carers Network or with the council just give us a call and we can help.
What are the benefits of a Carers Assessment to you as a carer?
- you have the chance to talk through your experiences as a carer and feel listened to and respected
- you find out about the services that can help and support you
- you are able to apply for small grants and Carers Personal Budgets
- your needs as a carer are clearly identified, along with agreed actions and outcomes
Who is entitled to a Carers Assessment?
Anyone who feels that their caring role has an impact on their life is entitled to a Carers Assessment.
What can I talk about in my carers assessment?
Carers Assessments are confidential and are carried out by trained, professional carer support workers. In a Carers Assessment you can talk about anything related to your caring role which might include the following:
- How you feel about caring
- Your own health and wellbeing
- Your finances
- Work, studying or training
- Taking a break from caring
- What you enjoy about being a carer
- Any changes in your life or that of the person you care for that may have had an impact on caring role
- Any help you need to continue to care
What will happen after a Carers Assessment?
We will send to you a copy of your carers assessment and ask for you to agree and sign this. We will agree a summary of your needs as a carer and actions that you want to take as a result, for example referrals to carers’ services or an application for a small grant to help you to take a break.