Who can ask for a carer assessment?
Anyone living in the UK has a right to an assessment of their own needs, if they give unpaid care and support to an adult who is disabled, ill or elderly. In Scotland, a carers’ assessment is called an Adult Carer Support Plan.
A carer does not need to be:
A carer assessment will look at the different ways that caring affects your life and identify the help and support you may need to carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family.
Not sure if eligible?
What would happen to the person you are helping, if you were not there for them? If their health and well-being could suffer without your help, then you are a carer who is eligible for an assessment.
How to ask for a carer assessment
Local Councils have the overall responsibility to arrange an assessment of carer needs for carers in their area.
Get started by finding out your Local Council’s adult social services contact details – you can:
How can a Carer Assessment help?
A carer assessment can help by identifying an individual carer’s need for help and support and how these support needs could be met.
A carer assessment can:
Need more information on Carer Assessments?
Carers Trust has information about Carer Assessments and what they involve
Carers UK offer a range of help and support including a downloadable Carers Assessment factsheet
NHS Carers Direct has more information on carer assessments, including helpful advice on how to prepare for an assessment.
Rethink have useful information for carers, families and friends, including about Carer Assessments
Skills For Care offer a range of information and advice about Carer Assessments including a free e-learning course for people carrying out assesments.
A carer may be eligible for Government Benefits related to their caring role – find out more about these Benefits