If you are providing necessary care to an adult, you may be entitled to a full Carer Assessment regardless of the number of hours of care and type of care you provide. This includes if you care part time or do not live with the person you care for. A Carer Assessment is to find out what services and support you as a carer would benefit from and how caring effects your life, physically, emotionally and mentally. It is also an opportunity to discuss if you are able or willing to carry on caring.
The type of thing you can expect to discuss within your assessment is:
- Your caring role and how it affects your life.
- How you feel about caring and the options you have.
- Your health and wellbeing. This includes physical, mental and emotional problems you may be having.
- Relationships, your social life and things you would like to be able to do or achieve
- Employment, training, studying and leisure activities
- Planning for emergencies and how we can help you plan for an emergency
It’s important to remember that the aim of the assessment is to help you get the support that you need, so it’s best to be honest about your caring role, the type of care you provide and most importantly how you feel about being a carer. The assessment usually takes place over the phone at an agreed time and date.
Carers Support West Sussex are currently providing this service for West Sussex County Council so contact us if you would like one and one of our team will get back to you. Alternatively you can contact West Sussex County Council directly You can also fill in a self-assessment form here.
A Support Plan is a good way of offloading your worries to a Wellbeing Worker and coming up with some manageable steps you can take to help yourself as well as getting some advice regarding services that are available to you.
You will be asked some questions about your caring role, but really it is an opportunity for you to talk to someone about what your concerns are.