CARERS ASSESSMENTS AND CORE ASSESSMENTS
Preparing for a carer's assessment
A carer's assessment means social services will look at your situation and see if you are entitled to any services that could make caring easier for you.
There is no definition of 'regular and substantial care'; it's decided by social services.
This is your
opportunity to help the social worker understand the impact caring has on
you, and talk about the services they may be able to provide to help you. So
it may be a good idea to make a list, or keep a diary, of everything you do
to help look after the person you care for.
Some things you
may want to think about are:
You might also
include how caring affects you because of your:
The assessment can be carried out at your home or at the home of the person you are caring for.
If there is more than one carer providing regular care in your household, you are both entitled to an assessment.
Services that may be available
may help you and the person you care for include:
this assessment is about your needs as a carer. You
should be able to talk about the needs of the person you are caring for in
their own needs assessment.
Taking your care assessment and the community care assessment of the person you care for, social services will develop a 'care plan'. This plan should include the support and services to make things easier for you in caring for someone.
Your right to an assessment, and the services and support you may receive, is not linked to your income, savings or property. However, after an assessment your local council will look at these to decide what care services you may be charged for.
If you are unhappy with your assessment
Your local social services will have a complaints system in place. For example, if you are not happy with how the assessment was carried out or you do not think you are getting the support and services you need you should get in contact with them.
Core / Family Assessments for parent carers
Parents of children under 18 with a disability can also request an assessment of their needs through their local social services department. This is known as a ‘core’ or ‘family assessment’. It is slightly different to a carer’s assessment as what you do as a parent and as a carer will be assessed. You should think about what you do for your child as a result of their disability or illness, which you wouldn’t do for a child of a similar age without a disability.
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