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Get a carer's assessment

As a carer, it’s important you get the right help and support. You have a legal right to an assessment.

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It’s an opportunity for you to talk about the things that could make caring easier. This could be providing additional services for the person you’re looking after, or services for you as a carer. It may also include respite care.

You can still have a carer’s assessment even if the person you care for refuses help or an assessment themselves.

During your assessment

During the assessment, you will be able to discuss your role as a carer, how it affects you and what help you might benefit from. It’s important to think about your own health and wellbeing and to make sure you still get time for yourself.

You can get a carer’s assessment whether you care for someone with a physical or a mental health problem. The assessment isn’t linked to Carer’s Allowance (financial support for carers).

How can I get an assessment?

To find out about getting an assessment, you can:

Speak to a member of our staff

Contact your localsocial services team

Contact Carers Direct by calling 0808 802 0202 (lines are open 8am-9pm Monday to Friday, 11am-4pm at weekends)

I would like to:

Get advice for carers

Find out more about financial help for carers

Get contacts for carers

Useful websites

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (carer's assessment) 

Carers UK (getting a carer's assessment)

NHS Choices (how to get a carer's assessment)

Carers in Southampton