Carer assessment

How do you prepare for a carer’s assessment?

In preparation for your assessment, it is useful to give yourself some time to think about how caring affects you. It’s also important to start thinking about any help that would make a difference to you as a carer.

Bear in mind that you might not know about all the types of help that could be available, the assessment is to help the carers centre understand what things you are having problems with. Some carers may be eligible for a ‘carers personal budget’ due to the impact of their caring responsibilities. This can be used for a short break, relaxation therapies, pursuing an interest, attending training or pamper sessions. If you are eligible the assessor will discuss and support you through the process.

The assessment will consider whether or not your caring role impacts on your health or prevents you from achieving outcomes, for example staying in work or having a social life, and what could be done to help you combine these things with caring. It 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, leisure
  • Relationships, social activities and your goals
  • Housing
  • Planning for emergencies (such as a Carer Emergency Scheme)

Contact Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre 01942 705959 to request an assessment. Arrangement can be made for a home visit/centre visit or at a place convenient to the carer.

If you’re a carer contact us today