Under new legislation (Care Act 2014) if you are a carer of an adult over the age of 18, you have a right, by Law, to receive a confidential assessment of your responsibilities and needs.
You could have an individual carers assessment, where you have your needs assessed, as a carer, without the person whom you care for being
present. This would take place with a carer support officer from St Helens Carers Centre, as we are now carrying out these assessments on behalf of the local authority. You can also be assessed by St Helens Council if you would prefer.
Alternatively, you can also access a Joint carers assessment. This would involve you, the person you care for and a care manager from the adult social care and health team at St Helens Council. They would complete your joint assessment and subsequent support plan for the person you care for. Your carer support plan will then be completed by the carer support team at St Helens Carers Centre, who will contact you to discuss this.
What is a carers assessment?
A carers assessment is a more in-depth discussion and will consider the different ways caring affects your life and works out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. You will talk about your caring role, and how caring
affects your work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships. The information provided in your assessment can then be used to dentify your support needs, and to discuss
how these could be met. This might mean that we can give you help or put you in touch with other organisations
that you can talk to. You and the carer support officer (or care manager from adult social care and health) will then agree a support plan. In this there may be specific
services and support identified for yourself, which can help to balance your time and responsibilities. You will receive a copy
of your assessment and support plan. This information will be kept on our records as well as with the adult social care and health service at St Helens Council.
Preparing for a Carers Assessment
For more information about carers assessments in a printable format, click here.
We have also prepared a useful checklist about the type of questions/topics
you may want to consider in order to prepare for a carers assessment - click here.
Click here for a link to the St Helens Council web page on carers assessments.