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Request a carer's assessment

If you are undertaking regular and substantial care you are entitled to a carer’s assessment. You can have an assessment even if the person you care for is not in receipt of social care services.

Why have an assessment?

A carer's assessment will help us to look at your caring situation. We may be able to offer additional help, information, advice and services to support you as a carer.

As a carer if you are present at the assessment of the person you care for, you will be included in a joint assessment.  You can choose to have your private and personal assessment carried out away from the person that you care for.

What will it take into account?

The carer's assessment will look at how your caring role affects your everyday life. Specifically, it will consider:

  • your relationship to the person you care for
  • how much care you provide, when you provide it and for how often
  • what type of care you provide
  • what would happen if you were no longer able to provide care
  • the impact upon your health and wellbeing
  • ways in which you can be supported to continue caring
  • carer’s benefits
  • your own views on your role as a carer

How do I apply?

Contact your local Health and Social Care Partnership office to request a carer’s assessment.

Who will complete the assessment?

A range of professional staff may carry out an assessment including:

  • social worker or social work assistant
  • occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant
  • district or community nurse

What will happen next?

Dependent on the result of your carer’s assessment, the following action may be taken.

  • refer you to carer's organisations for advice and guidance

We may also provide services to support you to maintain your caring role such as:

Further information

You can find further information in our leaflet: Do you look after someone? – A carers guide to carer’s assessment (PDF, 892kb).

For advice and assistance after your assessment, please see support services for Carers.