From April 2015, care and support in England changed for the better. If you support someone as a Carer, you could benefit from the changes.
The Care Act 2014 helps to make care and support more consistent across the country. ‘Care and support’ is the term we use to describe the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It can include help with things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about and keeping in touch with friends or family.
Supporting you in caring
The right help at the right time
A Carers’ Assessment is an opportunity for you to tell someone what impact caring has on you and your life. If you appear to have any level of needs for support, you now have a legal right to an assessment of your own needs.
A Carers’ Assessment is not linked in any way to Carer’s allowance, and you can have an assessment even if the person you care for does not want to have an assessment of their own needs.
Your Carer’s Assessment will look at the different ways that caring affects your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. As a Carer, your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be at the heart of our assessment.
Our friendly and experienced Carer Support Workers will look at your situation and discuss with you what might be available to make your caring role easier for you. This may be information, advice, or additional support such as access to a short break. The assessment would normally be carried out at your home, but can be elsewhere if you prefer. It’s up to you if you would like the person you care for to be present or not, and you are welcome to have a family member or friend with you if you wish. All arrangements would be discussed prior to meeting with one of our Carer Support Workers.
Your Carer’s Assessment will consider your caring role; your own health; your feelings and choices about caring, work, study, leisure and housing; and most importantly, what you would like to be able to achieve. To get the most from your Carer’s Assessment, please do give as complete a picture as you can about your caring role and how you feel about being a Carer.