Are you a carer?
A carer spends regular time providing unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has a mental health condition or an addiction dependency.
What is a carers assessment?
From April 2015 carers are entitled to an assessment in their own right.
You may be juggling work and care and this is having a big impact on your life. You don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full time to have an assessment. The person you support does need to live in Telford and Wrekin.
A carer’s assessment provides you with the opportunity to identify what information; advice and support will be beneficial to you and your needs by reflecting on 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, attending appointments, post office and pharmacy for example?
- Do you have time to yourself to do the things which are important to you such as social activities; fitness programme, recreational interests and personal development?
- As a consequence of your caring role does this affect your own health and well being?
When the assessment is complete this will give you an idea of what would make a difference to your wellbeing and personal resilience.
The following may be offered to you, depending upon the outcome of your carers assessment.
- Personalised carer support - 25 hours carer respite.
- Counselling - Focusing on all aspects of carer support relating to changes in relationships, changes of role, loss and bereavement.
- Individual payments - this is a financial award to address an identified need.
View more information on eligibility criteria page.
How do I get a carers assessment?
Generally this assessment is completed at the same time as the person you are caring for is being assessed.
The assessment can be completed on another occasion by a different worker.
If you would like to request a Carers Assessment, please contact:
- Family Connect on 01952 385385 select option 3.
- Alternatively if the person you care for has a Social Worker/Adult Practitioner - you can request an assessment from them.
Will I have to pay?
The assessment is free and does not take into account your financial situation.
A review happens at least once a year unless your circumstances change or you feel things are not working well.
Last updated: 9.15am on Tuesday 5 November 2019