Carers' assessments

A carers’ assessment is a way of identifying your needs as a carer and making sure you get the support that you're eligible for.

The assessment considers the impact the care and support you provide is having on your own wellbeing. An assessment also helps us to understand the impact of caring on other aspects of your life, including:

  • whether you can do the things you want to do day-to-day
  • whether you're able or willing to carry on caring
  • if you work or want to work
  • whether you want to study or socialise more.

We have a range of support available to support carers to look after their own health and wellbeing but depending on your eligibility, you may also be entitled to other services such as a personal budget.

Also, if you're looking after someone, it is important to check that both you and the person you're caring for are getting the financial help you are entitled to. This can help with some of the costs of caring or help towards your pension entitlements in the future.

Find out more about support for carers by downloading the carers information booklet (PDF 2.5mb)

Find out more about getting financial help.

Assessments for parent carers

If you're a parent of a disabled child aged under 18, you may need special support to suit your needs. To find out what support you're eligible for, your child may be assessed by our Children’s Services.

The assessment should take into account detailed information about your family, including:

  • your background and culture
  • your own views and preferences
  • the needs of any other children you have.

A care plan will be drawn up that includes services to benefit both you and your disabled child. For example, there could be adaptations to the home, help with bathing or regular respite breaks to ensure you get the rest you need.

For further information, see the Children's Disability Services.

Additional information

Find out more about carers’ assessments from NHS Choices

Other local organisations that may be able to advise you: