Giving unpaid care and support to someone with an illness or disability can be a fulfilling experience as long as you realistically consider your own health and wellbeing and receive the support you need.
A carer’s assessment is for adult carers of adults (over 18 years) who are disabled, ill or elderly. Everyone’s situation is unique and a Carers Assessment gives you the opportunity to consider your caring role with someone from the social care team. You can consider how the care you provide affects your life including for example, physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring.
Any carer who appears to have a need for support should be offered an assessment.
You will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide. A carers assessment is not dependent on your financial means.
You can have an assessment whether or not the person you are looking after has had a needs assessment, or if the local council have decided they are not eligible for support.
If you and the person you are looking after agree, a combined assessment of both your needs can be undertaken at the same time. A Carers Assessment is not financially assessed however a financial assessment is part of the Care Needs assessment for the person you care for.
How do I get a Carers Assessment?
Contact Southend Carers Hub we can look at how the services available through the Hub can meet your needs. If further support is required we can refer into the council’s adult social care team for additional help.
To help you decide whether you would find a Carers Assessment helpful please see our Factsheet on Carers Assessments.