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 the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 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.
Download a flyer with more information on carers assessments here.
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.