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 is considered during an assessment

What is considered 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.

You may also be encouraged to think about your own needs and how they fit with your caring role to develop a support plan.

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

Support services for carers are changing from 1 April 2019

The contract for carer services in Gloucestershire will transfer from Carers Gloucestershire to PeoplePlus on 1 April 2019.

You can read more here about the services that will transfer and view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternatively, you can visit PeoplePlus’s interim website if you would like to express your interest in the carer support services provided from 1 April.

You will still be able to access support for carers on 0300 111 9000 after 1 April as this number will transfer to the new Gloucestershire Carers Hub.