A carers assessment is an opportunity for you to discuss with us your needs and feelings as a carer and the support or services you need to help you continue caring.
What is a carers assessment?
A carers assessment will look at:
- Your needs for support
- The practical and emotional sustainability of your caring role
- Your willingness and ability to continue to provide support
It must also look at:
- The impact of your support needs on your own health & well-being
- Caring responsibilities you may have for a child or children or any other person you may provide care for
- Ability to work; access education or training or engage in recreational activities
- What you would like to achieve in your daily life
- If support could help you achieve these outcomes
- Whether your support network and the wider community can contribute towards meeting the outcomes you want to achieve
- Whether you or the person you are caring for would benefit from preventative support or information and advice
Preparing for a carers assessment
It is useful to give yourself some time to think about how caring affects you. You should also think about what help would make a difference to you as a carer, in continuing in your caring role. It may be useful to write some notes for yourself, or talk to family or friends to help you think about your needs.
We will provide you with information about the assessment in advance, including a copy of the assessment and information about the type of questions you will be asked during the assessment.