A Carer’s Assessment is carried out by the local’s council’s Social Services, and Credu can support you with organising it, planning for it, and we can provide advocacy (Credu can be there with you to support you and make sure your voice and wishes are heard). Below is some outline information about what a Carer’s Assessment is and isn’t.
- It is free.
- It is a way of identifying how caring impacts on your life.
- It isn’t a test about how good you are at caring.
- It helps to work out what help and support might be available to make life easier for you.
- It is usually a face to face meeting with someone from social services. We can be there to support you if you would like us to.
- If your circumstances change, you can ask for your assessment to be done again.
To get a Carer’s Assessment you should contact your local council to request it. We can help with this process on your behalf.
To prepare for your Carer’s Assessment, find some time to reflect on your role as a carer. We can have a conversation with you to help you think through various aspects of this. Is it important that you are honest about the effects that caring has on your life, so that you can access all the support that can help you.
The purpose of the Carer’s Assessment is not to judge the care that you provide. The purpose of a Carer’s Assessment is to look at the different ways that caring affects your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. It should cover your caring role, your feelings about caring, how caring affects your work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships.
Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be at the heart of this assessment.
As a result of an assessment, you may be eligible for support from your council, who will offer you advice and guidance to help you with your caring responsibilities. The Carer’s assessment will help to decide what care and support you need and how much help Powys County Council can give you. You don’t need the permission of the person you care for to request a Carer’s assessment, you are entitled to one in your own right.
Some things you may want to think about when preparing for the Carer’s Assessment:
- Do you get enough sleep?
- How is your health affected by your caring role?
- Do you get any time for yourself?
- Are your other family and friendship relationships affected?
- Do you have any financial concerns?
- Are you finding it difficult to juggle work and caring?
- Is the person you care for getting enough help?
- What sort of services might help you – services that give you a break, emotional support, help with household tasks, help with caring tasks during the day/night, activities for the person you care for
- Does the person you care for have difficulty moving about in the home?
- Would aids or adaptations to your home make life easier for you and the person you look after?
- Other interests – are you interested in training or adult education? Do you want to pursue leisure interests but feel you can’t because of your caring role?
- How many hours a week do you care? Include all the time you spend with the person you care for and the tasks you do for them.
- How would you deal with emergencies and unplanned events – Do you know who to contact in an emergency?
- Is this a review assessment? How has your situation changed and what new challenges are you facing?
The assessment is completed by social services. Afterwards, you may have a care or support plan, describing the help you will get as a Carer.
The assessment will look at things like:
- the kind of support and help the person you care for needs
- the things you do for them
- how much time you spend caring
- whether anyone else supports you
It will also look at whether you need information or training, and consider the impact caring has on your work life and leisure as well as your health and wellbeing. Before the assessment, have a think about the sort of support that would help you.
You can ask for the assessment to be carried out confidentially, at a convenient time, without the person you care for being there. You can have someone else there to support you. You should discuss this with your Care Manager. Under the new Act, Carers can be given DP’s for respite and so forth. Afterward, you’ll be given a copy of your assessment and advice on the services, information or support that could help you.