Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing carer needs assessment
Last updated: 10/12/2013
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Carer assessments have two main purposes:
- to consider if a person is able to continue in their caring
- to consider whether or not the carer works, or wishes to work,
and whether the carer is undertaking, or wishes to undertake,
education, training or a leisure activity, and how the caring role
A carer's assessment is a way of getting a clear picture of the
circumstances of the carer in regard to their caring role – what is
going well, what are the restrictions, difficulties and pressures?
The assessment is a discussion between the carer and the assessor,
it is not a test of the person’s abilities as a carer. It
recognises the carer’s knowledge and expertise.
Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing does not assume a carer wants
to continue to provide care or should be expected to.
The discussion between the carer and assessor focuses on the
outcomes that are important to the carer – what the carer
identifies as the best possible outcome. This will depend on the
impact of the caring role on each individual carer.
How will a carer assessment help carers?
The carer's assessment will recognise the important role the
carer has in supporting the person they care for, as well as the
knowledge and expertise of the carer. The carer's assessment helps
carers to identify what is needed to help them to stay in their
caring role for longer.
The assessment will help carers to:
- access personalised services such as a carer's personal
- access a short break from their caring role
- access assistive technology which helps carers to leave the
person they support in safety
- access increased support for the person they care for, to help
ease the pressure of their caring role
- remain in work, or return to work, if the carer wants to
- access education, training and leisure activities;
- access specialist advice and information eg welfare
Carers say there are many positive outcomes from having a carer
assessment; for example, accessing information they did not know
about, sharing their experience as a carer, and increased
confidence in their caring role and that support is available for
It is important that carers understand clearly what the
assessment is for and are actively involved.
Carers may find it useful to think through issues in advance,
and how they could be helped to continue in their caring role if
To help carers prepare for their assessment, wherever possible
we will send the assessment form in advance for the carer to read
through and consider. Carers can also have support from a Carer
Support Worker to help them prepare for their assessment, if they
Is there anything else I should know?
Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing have to keep records about the
people who use their services. These records are securely kept and
remain confidential. More detailed information about having access
to your records is given in our leaflet Access to
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your assessment, or
the services we provide to you or the person you look after, Adult
Care, Health and Wellbeing will always help you to sort it out.
More detailed information about sorting out complaints or problems
is given in our leaflet How to make a
comment, compliment or complaint.
How to access a Carers Assessment
If you feel it would help you to have a carers assessment, you
can request one by speaking to the Access
Service by completing the Request Help
for Adults referral form, via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by
calling 0300 1234 131.
Please follow this link to see information about
Carers assessments on the Carers
Back to Services for adult carers leaflet.