The carer’s assessment can be carried out face-to-face, online or over the phone.
If the person you care for lives in another area, it usually takes place in the local council area where they live.
You can go to the meeting alone or with a friend or member of your family. The person you care for doesn’t need to be there.
The care specialist must look at both your emotional and physical wellbeing equally when they decide if you qualify for support.
The assessment must take into account what you want to achieve in your day-to-day life. It aims to make sure your caring responsibilities don’t create a situation that could get worse for you or the person you care for.
Before the meeting, it’s a good idea to consider the impact caring has on your life. This is so you can tell the care specialist everything they need to know.
You could try keeping a note in your diary of things like:
- Sleep – whether you get enough and if your caring role affects this.
- Your other caring needs – do you have enough time to care for children or other adults who depend on you?
- Keeping up with household chores – can you manage to fit these in with your caring responsibilities?
- Your home – do you and the person you’re caring for live together or separately? Are there any changes that could be made to make coping easier?
- Health – if you’re keeping well and how caring affects this.
- Work, training and education – whether caring is affecting your job or access to training or learning, and whether you’re concerned about this.
- Social life and personal time – do you get enough time to spend with your family, friends, social activities and to look after yourself?
- How you are coping – are you able and willing to carry on your caring role?
- Dealing with emergencies – what would happen if you were to become ill or have to go away?