Carer Assessments

Carer assessments are conducted by Dorset Council.

Am I entitled to an assessment or support?

Yes you are. To have an assessment and access support it doesn’t matter what type of caring you do, how much caring you do, what your income is, if you have savings or own your home, or if you live with the person you care for, or not.

Your right to a carer’s assessment is included in the The Care Act 2014 (England) and Children and Families Act 2014 (England). You can find out more about carers’ assessments on NHS Choices.

What does the carers assessment involve?

The assessment gives you an opportunity to discuss with Dorset Council your caring role and what support you may need.

You do not necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment. You may be juggling work and care and this is having a big impact on your life.

You can have an assessment whether or not the person you care for has had their own assessment. If you and the person you care for agree, a combined assessment of both your needs can be undertaken at the same time.
A carers assessment is most beneficial when you are looking to improve your situation or change something.

Think about what you would want to achieve or change by undertaking an assessment.

Your assessment will focus on the impact that caring has on you and should cover:

• Your caring role and how it affects your life and wellbeing
• Your health – physical, mental and emotional issues
• Your feelings and choices about caring
• Work, study, training, leisure
• Relationships, social activities and your goals
• Housing
• Planning for emergencies

If you think you may be eligible for a Carers Assessment please call us on 0800 368 8349 or Dorset Council on 01305 221016.

Have you registered with your GP?

Many GP surgeries offer Carers Clinics where you can go along for routine health checks. Ask your local surgery to see if they have one. If you haven’t registered as a carer with your GP, it’s a good idea to do so as soon as you can.