A carers assessment is ‘an assessment of your needs as a carer, not your ability to care’.
If you are an adult who cares for a younger person you can find help and support at the Somerset Carers Service in the first instance. This service can support you with advice and guidance.
Caring for another person is very rewarding, but can be overwhelming and lonely at times. The Somerset Carers Service can help link you to groups and events in your area, and find facts and information that will help the person you are caring for with their particular needs. You will find specific support for your unique situation. And their Carers Agents are on hand to help and guide you.
You can also ask for a carer’s assessment by phoning 0300 123 2224.
You can choose to have an assessment in your own right, or jointly with the person you care for. The assessment is carried out by a social care worker from the County Council. This allows you to talk about your needs and the things you think could make caring easier for you.
They will ask you about:
- The help needed by the person you care for
- The help you are providing now
- Any difficulties you may have
- What you think would make life easier for you
After your carers assessment, your social care worker may be able to give you advice and information. If you are eligible the Council may be able to help you pay for some of the things you need.
Carers of people with mental health problems who receive services from Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust can request a specialist carers’ assessment from them. You can find details at www.somersetcarers.org or phone 01749 836606 or 01749 836633.
You can also find out more on Information Sheet E4 – Carers assessment and eligibility and these websites.