If you are a carer, you have a right to have a formal assessment from Adult Social Care to look at your own need for support. This is called a Carer's Assessment. It will help you to organise support for you in your own right and find out what funding is available to pay for it.
What is a Carer's Assessment?
If you are a carer, you have a legal right to ask for a Carer's Assessment. An assessment is simply a discussion with you that will help us understand what help and support you might need on a day to day basis. It also gives you choice and control over the decisions you make about the support you need. We use the information you give us in the assessment to help us to plan your support.
A Carer's Assessment doesn't have anything to do with your financial situation or your caring ability.It is about the support you need.We will ask you:
- Your views and wishes;
- Any race, gender, age, or cultural issues you need to talk about;
- The problems you are facing; and
- The kind of support you'd like to be available.
You can choose whether you want the person you care for to be there when you have your assessment.
Who can get a Carer's Assessment?
A carer can be a friend, relative, partner or child. A carer is someone who gives their time without being paid in order to look after somebody who needs help due to a physical or learning disability, a sensory impairment, age, or a mental health problem.
If you are a carer, you have a right to have a Carer's Assessment. You can have one even if the person you care for doesn't want to be involved with Adult Social Care.
How much does it cost?
It is free to have a Carer's Assessment, and the Local Authority won't charge you for any advice and information they give you. You may need to pay towards the cost of services we recommend to you. However, there are a number of voluntary organisations that provide help for carers, and many of the services they provide are free of charge.
How can I get a Carer's Assessment?
You can arrange for a Carer's Assessment through the Adult Intake and Access Team or by contacting us at Carers of Barking and Dagenham.
Adult Intake and Access Team
Phone: 020 8227 2915
Minicom: 020 8227 2462