the 1 April 2015, the Act created a
single, consistent route to establishing the first ever entitlement for carers
– recognising them in law in the same ways as the people they care for.
A Carers Assessment is an opportunity for you to express your
feelings and needs as a carer. The aim
is to find out what impact your caring responsibilities have on your wellbeing
and identify ways in which you can be supported to provide, and continue to
This is the beginning of an ongoing
process focusing upon your caring role, enabling us opportunities to:
- provide information and advice to carers and target
- support carers to find ways to meet the identified
- determine eligibility for services and/or other types
- identify and manage risks in line with our
- work in partnership with health and other
organisations to share information; and
- calculate the personal budget required to meet carer’s
The Act is clear about the
steps that must be followed to work out a carer’s entitlement and how we can
assist carers on their ‘person-centred
journey’ through the care and support system. Our new functions include:
- ensuring that carers’ wellbeing, and the outcomes which
matter to them, are at the heart of every decision that is made
- creating a new focus on preventing and delaying needs for
support, building upon strengths within the local community
- supporting carers with information, advice and advocacy to
understand their rights and responsibilities in order to make good decisions
- embedding rights to choice, through support plans and
personal budgets, and ensuring a range of high quality services are available
- providing for a single national threshold for eligibility which
gives carers new rights to assessment and support plans; and
- providing a personal budget for eligible carers.
As a carer, you now have a clear right to an assessment of your
needs regardless of your income, finances or level of support. The process is clear about the steps that
must be followed to work out your entitlement and how you can be assisted on
your ‘person-centred journey’ through
the care and support system.
We recognise that carers are
extremely important within both families and communities, often helping those
they care for to live independently for longer. The assessment can, therefore, help
you to consider more clearly the caring role you have and the types of support
that might help you to continue this role into the future.
It is our intention to work with you to build upon your existing
strengths, capabilities and networks of support. Your
physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will, therefore, be at the heart of
carer who appears to have needs for support should be offered an assessment by
our Adult Social Care team and if your caring role
changes, you can also request a review at any time. Please refer to the Carers Guidance document
which supporting this Carers Assessment Form for further information.
The new national eligibility threshold
for carers consists of three criteria, all of which must be identified and met
for a carer’s needs to be eligible:
a carer’s needs are a consequence of providing necessary care for an adult
what extent the carer’s needs affect their ability to achieve specified
outcomes, or puts their health at risk; and
and to what extent this impacts on their wellbeing.
Carers can be eligible for support
whether or not the adult for whom they care for has eligible needs.