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If you look after someone who lives in Leicestershire and you’re both over 18, you may be entitled to some support with your caring role through a carer’s assessment.
A carer’s assessment will look at your existing support network, for example, family or friends. It considers the things that you want or need to achieve outside of your caring role and the impact this has on your ability to carry out those activities and how this affects your wellbeing.
It’s not about judging your ability or the way in which you carry out your caring role. Its purpose is to help you to continue to care if you want to - so it benefits you and the person you care for. If you feel you’re unable to continue in your caring role, we can look at what options might be available for you or the person you care for.
How will completing a carer’s assessment help me?
You’ll be offered information and advice, signposting and support you can access locally where appropriate. You may also be eligible for a carers personal budget.
How will a carer’s assessment help the person I care for?
Your carer’s assessment may prompt the person you care for to have an Adult Care and support assessment or a review of their care and support needs to ensure that they are getting appropriate support for themselves. This may alleviate pressure on you.
It is important to remember that if you don’t look after yourself, you may not be able to provide support for the person you care for. Your carer’s assessment may help to address some of the stress and anxiety you might be feeling.
Can I have a carer’s assessment?
You can choose to have a separate carer’s assessment or a combined assessment with the person you care for.
You’re entitled to a carer’s assessment by Leicestershire Adult Social Care (ASC) if:
the person you care for lives in the county of Leicestershire
you’re both over the age of 18
you can answer yes to at least one of the following:
your caring role is having an impact on your physical or mental health
you need to consider the person you care for before you can make plans for yourself
you’re finding it difficult to balance other commitments with your caring role – for example managing your own house, seeing friends and family or work or education
You’ll be entitled to an assessment regardless of:
the amount or type of care you provide
your financial means
whether the person you care for has eligible care and support needs or doesn’t wish to be assessed by Adult Social Care
your level of need for support
whether you live with the person
whether you receive carers allowance or not from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
You won’t be able to apply to us for a carer’s assessment if you’re:
receiving a wage to provide care
providing care as part of your work for a voluntary organisation
an unpaid carer for someone who doesn’t live in Leicestershire - if the person you care for lives outside of Leicestershire, you’ll need to apply to their local authority
How do I apply for a carer’s assessment?
You can apply for:
a carer's assessment online
The carer's assessment online form below will take about 20 minutes to complete and will ask you questions about you and the person you care for.
You'll need an email address to register and you can complete the form yourself or get someone to do it for you.
If you’ve had a carer’s assessment before and were eligible for a carer's personal budget, you can use this online carer’s assessment to re-apply.