Carers Assessment

Carers Assessment

If you are caring for someone and feel you need support, you are entitled to a Carers Assessment. We are authorised and funded by Gloucestershire County Council to complete Carers Assessments on their behalf.

This is page is about assessing your needs as a carer. To find out about assessing the needs of the person you care for due to an illness or disability, visit the Gloucestershire County Council website. If you are a parent carer you can find out more from The Local Offer.

What is a Carers Assessment?

What is a Carers Assessment?

  • A conversation focused on you, your caring situation, and your needs
  • A process which enables you to be formally recognised and supported in your role as carer
  • A time for you to express any needs and concerns about your caring role
  • An opportunity to consider what resources are available to you in your local community as well as through statutory services
  • A chance to get information and advice.

Gloucestershire County Council also provide an information sheet on Carer Support and Information on their Your Circle website.

Please note that a Carers Assessment is not an assessment of how good a carer you are.

 

 

What we consider during an assessment

What we consider during an assessment

  • Your physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • Your need or desire for employment, education, training and leisure
  • Your finances and household income
  • Your other responsibilities and relationships
  • Your ability to get out on your own and your need for a break
  • Your ability and willingness to continue caring
  • Your own hopes and aspirations

A carers’ assessment is an opportunity to discuss your caring role and find solutions to any difficulties you are having.

Think of it as a supportive conversation where we offer practical advice to make your life easier. We might point you in the direction of other organisations that could help you or discuss benefit or grant opportunities. We may also encourage you to think differently about your caring situation, sometimes gently challenging your assumptions

You can download a Stage 1 form to complete and send in to us if you would like to start the process yourself. You can also contact us to be put in touch with one of our advisers. We will help you identify areas of concern and potential solutions. We may also encourage you to think about your own needs and how they fit with your caring role.

A support plan may include a benefits check, and referrals to our other services such as counselling or a positive caring course. We may also signpost you to other agencies and services such as the carers’ emergency scheme, statutory services or grant giving bodies.   

Assessments in person

Assessments in person

If you have difficulty with phone conversations or your situation is complex, we offer face-to-face sessions with an adviser, usually via a home visit or other agreed venue.

Care Act Eligibility

If you are caring for someone over 18, where it is likely that you have eligible needs, we can do a formal FACE Carers Assessment. This may lead to accessing council-funded services, as well as other non-funded services and community support.

To start the process call us on 0300 111 9000, email us or download and fill in the self-assessment form

Please print off, complete and then email this form to us or post to:

Carers Gloucestershire, 2nd Floor, Messenger House, 35 St Michael's Square, Gloucester, GL1 1HX. 

 


Carers Gloucestershire provides a Carers Assessment service on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.