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Carer's assessment

Are you a carer?

A carer spends regular time providing unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who has needs due to their disability, physical or mental health condition or has a learning disability or autism. Does this sound like you or someone you know, then you may find the following of help.

What is a carers assessment?

The Care Act 2015 gave carers the entitlement to an assessment in their own right, even if the person that support is not in receipt of a service themselves or perhaps even known to Adult Social Care.

Are you finding that you are juggling work and care and this is having a big impact on your well being and everyday commitments.

Carers come from all walks of life, and don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or caring for them full time to be entitled. The person you care for and support does need to live in Walsall but does not need to be supported by Walsall Council services.

A carer’s assessment covers a wide range of themes and provides you with the opportunity to identify what information, advice and support will be beneficial to you. Think about the following questions:

  • does your caring role affect your ability to carry out any caring responsibilities you have for a child?
  • does your caring role affect your ability to carry out caring responsibilities for another adult outside your caring role?
  • does caring affect your ability to maintain your home and garden?
  • does caring affect your ability to shop and prepare nutritional meals for yourself?
  • do you feel able to develop and maintain family or other personal relationships that are important to you?
  • do you struggle to engage in work, training, education or volunteering?
  • are you able to access facilities in the local community, such as leisure centre, shops, post office and pharmacy for example?
  • are you able to attend appointments?
  • do you have time to yourself to do the things which are important to you, such as social activities, keeping fit, hobbies and personal development?
  • is your health and wellbeing affected by your caring role?

When the assessment is complete, this will give you an idea of what may make a difference and assist you in your caring role. It may be that an individual one off payment or replacement care can be accessed to help you to meet those identified needs and outcomes.

How do I get a carer's assessment?

Generally, a carer's assessment would be completed at the same time as the person you are caring for is being assessed; however we understand that this is not always possible or appropriate so we would look at different ways by which we can support you. This may include a supported self-assessment or you may request that the assessment is completed on another occasion or by a different worker.

In addition the person you care for may not necessarily be known to Adult Social Care but this doesn’t prevent you from having a carer's sssessment in your own right.

For further advice and or information you can contact Walsall Adult Social Care or Walsall Carer's Centre.

You may also find support in the Walsall Community Living Directory which has information on organisations that support carers.