Carers

Carers assessment

If you care for someone, you can have an assessment to see what might help make your life easier. This is called a carer's assessment.

What happens in the carer's assessment

Someone from the council, or an organisation we work with, will ask how you're coping with caring.

This includes how it affects your physical and mental health, work, free time and relationships.

Assessments usually last at least an hour.

How can it help me?

The carer's assessment evaluates what might help make your life easier. 

It might recommend things like:

  • someone to take over caring so you can take a break
  • gym membership and exercise classes to relieve stress
  • help with taxi fares if you don't drive
  • help with gardening and housework
  • training how to lift safely
  • putting you in touch with local support groups so you have people to talk to
  • advice about benefits for carers

How to prepare for your carer's assessment

You'll need:

  • your NHS number (if you have one)
  • your GP's name, address and phone number
  • contact details of anyone who's coming to the assessment with you
  • the name, address, date of birth and NHS number of the person you care for (if you have it)
  • a valid email address

If you think you need a carer's assessment, use our online tool to get started:

Begin your assessment now

Page last updated: 03 Apr 2020