Statutory Carer Assessments
To have a Statutory Carer Assessment you do not need to be registered with Carers Support, this is an assessment on behalf of West Sussex County Council that relates back to Adult Services and what help and support they can offer you. This may be in the way of equipment or services provided by West Sussex County Council.
If you are providing 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 aims to find out how caring effects your life, physically, emotionally and mentally and explore what services and support you as a carer would benefit from. It is also an opportunity to discuss if you are able or willing to carry on caring.
The things you can expect to discuss within your assessment are:
- 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 recreation
- Employment, training, studying and volunteering
- Planning for emergencies
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 but we can arrange a face-to-face assessment for carers unable to have this conversation by phone The assessment will take place 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.
Carer Wellbeing Review
A Carer Wellbeing Review is a type of assessment completed by Carers Support, so you will need to register with us if you are not already. A review will enable you to discuss your caring role with a Wellbeing Worker and come 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 a Carer Wellbeing Review is led by you and is an opportunity for you to talk to someone about your concerns.