What happens during the assessment
The person carrying out the assessment will discuss your caring role with you, as well as your own needs outside of caring, to understand what support you may need.
The assessment can be carried out with or without the person you're caring for being present.
You can have a family member, friend or professional with you if you like.
The assessment will consider:
- choice - whether the amount of care you give is your choice
- health - the impact on your own health and wellbeing of providing care
- daily routines - the impact on your own domestic needs, work, education and relationships
- involvement - your right to be involved in decisions made by the social care department about the person you care for
- your needs - time to do other things such as leisure and social activities
It's important to be clear about the level of support you feel comfortable giving. You have the right to choose not to provide care or say what type of support you can give and how often.
This is your chance to talk about what you need and how you feel. Once you've discussed your caring role, you can talk about what sort of support might help you. You can ask the council to consider anything, so raise everything you think might help.
The person carrying out the assessment will fill in forms with the information you give them and ask you to sign them.
Some of your needs may also be reflected in the care plan of the person you're caring for. For example, when they had an assessment of their care needs, short breaks for you may have been included.
'Single shared assessments' are sometimes carried out by social workers and/or health professionals focusing on the needs of the person needing care, but they also take into account your needs as a carer.
The information was last updated on: 6th May 2015