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?
If the services available from the Southend Carers Hub are not enough to meet your needs, you can ask Adult Social Care Services at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for a Carer’s Assessment. Email the Access Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 01702 215008 option 5.
Alternatively, if you are registered with Southend Carers, we can make a referral to the Access Team on your behalf with your permission. Email us at email@example.com or call us on 01702 393933.
Here is our Carer’s Assessment factsheet to download:
Carer’s Assessment factsheet