What is a carer’s assessment?
Having a carer’s assessment gives you the opportunity to explain and discuss how your caring role affects your life including family, work and leisure commitments and needs. With the advent of the most recent changes to the Care Act, the emphasis is now very much on promoting carers’ wellbeing to prevent them needing social care services – staying healthy because it is the right thing for all individuals but ensures that the person you provide care for is not adversely affected by your illness.
Indeed, from April 2015, carers are entitled to a carer’s assessment as a legal right, of their own needs. The assessment is free and confidential. Please note that not every assessment may result in a financial solution – the council can provide for those who are eligible however.
A carer’s assessment is not dependent on whether the person you care for receives any support from social services. You do not have to be living with the person you care for to receive an assessment, nor do you have to be the sole carer. You also have the right to an assessment if you are planning to provide care in the near future – for example, for someone being discharged from hospital with ongoing care needs.
How do I get an assessment?
Contact the Luton Borough Council customer services team using the contact details on the Luton Borough Council carer’s assessment page.
What does the assessment involve?
The assessment can take place at a private place where you are comfortable to talk. You can have a family member or friend attend if you would like. You may find it easier to talk more freely if the person you care for is not in the meeting but again, this is up to you.
Your carer’s assessment should be a face to face discussion with the care professional – it is not something that should be conducted over the phone or by filling a form in without discussion or assistance.
Remember the assessment is your opportunity to discuss your caring role and how it affects you – your health, feelings, family life, work, study and leisure. Some of the issues you may want to discuss are:
- What types of care your are providing and the amount of time it takes
- The type of care you are providing and the time it take
- What difficulties you face in providing care;
- What would happen in an emergency; planning for the future – both yours and the person you care for
Preparing for the Assessment
A carer’s assessment is your time to discuss your own needs and concerns. The focus of the assessment will be on you and not the person you care for.
It is a good idea to spend a little time thinking about your caring role as well as discuss it with your family and friends. You may find it hard to think about the level of detail that is involved in caring, as you just see it as part of everyday life. The Confident Carer Services Support Officers are available to help you think through some of these issues in confidence and help you prepare for a carer’s assessment.
What Happens after the Assessment?
After assessing your needs, the care professional will discuss with you the best ways to meet them and develop a care plan to support you. The plan will identify the following:
- Your needs
- Any service(s) that can help you
- What you can expect from the service(s) and how else you can get help and support