As a carer, you have a right to have your needs considered.
What is a carers assessment?
- A carer’s assessment is for adult carers of adults (over 18 years) who are disabled, ill or elderly.
- It is an opportunity to discuss with the council what support or services you need.
- The assessment is like an informal discussion and will look at how caring affects your life, including your physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring.
Who can have a carers assessment?
- Any carer who appears to have needs can have a carers assessment.
- As a carer you will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or the level of support that you need.
- If you and the person you care for agree, a combined assessment of both your needs can be undertaken at the same time.
How do I get carers assessment?
- You can contact Camden Carers Service by calling 020 7428 8950. They will be able to offer you an initial carers assessment on behalf of the council and can also offer you information and advice about services that can support you and the person you care for.
- Alternatively contact the Access and Response team by calling 020 7974 4000 (option 1) to request a carers assessment.
How do I prepare for a carers assessment?
- Think about how caring affects you and your life.
- Think about what kind of help or support would help you.
- The council or Camden Carers Centre can also provide you with some information about the assessment as well as the types of questions that may be asked.
How do I know if I am eligible for support?
You will be meet the eligibility criteria if there is likely to be a significant impact on your wellbeing as a result of you caring for someone else. There are 3 key questions.
1) Are your needs the result of you providing care?
- Is the care that that you provide actually necessary?
- Could the person you care for do the things you do for them by themselves?
2) Does you caring role have an effect on you?
The effect on you must be either:
- Your physical or mental health is at risk of getting worse, or
- You are unable to achieve at least one of the following outcomes:
- look after any children you have responsibilities for
- Provide care to other people
- Maintain your home in a fit and proper state
- Eat properly and maintain proper nutrition
- Maintain and develop your relationships with family and friends
- Take part in any education, training or volunteering you may wish to
- Have time for social activities or hobbies
You will be considered unable to achieve the outcome if you:
- Need assistance to achieve the outcome
- Can achieve the outcome unaided but experience pain, distress or anxiety
- Can achieve the outcome unaided but doing so endangers, or may endanger your or another person’s health and safety
3) Is there, or is there likely to be, a significant impact on your wellbeing?
This could include your:
- Social or economic wellbeing
- Control over day to life and activities
- Participation in education or work, as well as relationships with others
What help can I get after my assessment?
- Information and advice on where to access further help, support and services.
- A care and support plan may be developed to help you with your specific needs.
- You can search for other organisations who provide support for carers in Find services.