The assessment is an opportunity to discuss your caring role and what support you may need. You can get help as a carer regardless of whether the person you care for gets support from the council or pays for their own care.
Who can have an assessment?
You do not necessarily have to live with the person you're looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment.
You can have an assessment whether or not the person you're looking after has had one. A combined assessment of both your needs could be undertaken at the same time if you wish.
What will the assessment cover?
An unpaid carers assessment enquiry form is most beneficial when you are looking to improve your situation or change something. So, think about what you would want to achieve or change by undertaking an assessment.
Your assessment will focus on the impact that caring has on you and should cover:
- your caring role and how it affects your life and wellbeing
- your health - physical, mental and emotional issues
- your feelings and choices about caring
- work, study, training and leisure
- relationships, social activities and your goals
- planning for emergencies
We will offer you advice and guidance and tell you about other services and support that is available. The information you provide will help us assess your eligibility for council services.
Register with your GP as a carer
Tell your GP you are a carer, they will be able to offer advice and support.
Getting an assessment
If you feel that a carers assessment would benefit you, contact us 01305 221016 or complete an unpaid carer assessment enquiry form
There’s also advice on what to do if the person you care for can no longer manage their affairs. This can be called Power of Attorney and is used by relatives or a friend who will make decisions on behalf of someone else when they are no longer able to safely do this for themselves due to their mental capacity.
Mental capacity is the ability to make decisions about your life. Making decisions could be affected by a disability or medical conditions such as dementia, brain injury or stroke. You may not be able to do the following:
- understand the information given to you to make a particular decision
- remember that information long enough to be able to make the decision
- use or weigh up the information to make the decision
- communicate your decision (even if it's a blink of an eye or a squeeze of a hand)
People who cannot do these things lack the mental capacity to make decisions. This can apply to major decisions, for example about personal finance, social care or medical treatment or everyday decisions such as what to wear or eat.
Some important points to note are:
- everyone is assumed to have the capacity to make decisions for themselves if they are given enough information, support and time
- an unwise, or eccentric decision is not an indication of lack of capacity
- a lack of capacity can be temporary or permanent
- the lack of mental capacity may not apply to all decisions at all times, for example, someone with dementia might be able to think more clearly at certain times of the day
- any action or decision made on behalf of someone must be in their best interest
- any action or decision should aim to not restrict a person's rights and freedom of action.
Anyone can assess mental capacity. Relatives and carers are best placed to judge whether or not someone has the capacity to make day-to-day decisions. For decisions about things like medical treatment or legal issues, professionals such as doctors or solicitors may need to assess mental capacity.
The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice must be used when you are supporting someone that lacks mental capacity.