Carer's assessment

A carer is someone who gives regular care and support to someone else and isn’t paid for it.  If you’re an unpaid carer, you can have a carer’s assessment, which looks at the support you need to look after someone else.

You can have a carer’s assessment even if the person you look after doesn’t want to have their own needs assessment or isn’t eligible for help from us.

Complete our online form to request a carer’s assessment or contact us using the details on this page.

A carer’s assessment can help you access things that let you continue as a carer, including:

  • Services like a carer’s personal budget
  • Taking a short break from caring
  • Equipment, meals or adaptations to the home of the person you care for
  • Help to remain in work or return to work if you want to
  • Education, training and leisure activities
  • Specialist advice about things like benefits

Our assessor will visit you to talk about your needs and the services that can help you carry on as a carer. 

Where possible we’ll send you an assessment form before our assessor visits, so you can think about the help you need to continue in your caring role.  A friend or carer support worker can help you prepare for the assessment and be with you during the assessment if you wish.

When they visit, our assessor will complete an assessment form to record what’s going well in your caring role and anything you might need help with.

You don’t have to continue to provide care if you don’t want to, and you can talk about this with our assessor too.

We’ll agree a support plan with you so you can get the help you need in your caring role.

We aim to review your needs as a carer every year.  You can also ask us for a review if your needs change during the year.