Carers

Carer's assessment

Carers have the right to a Carer’s Assessment under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.
A Carer’s Assessment looks at the needs of the carer, separately from the needs of the person they provide care for. It takes into account pressures on the carer created by the caring role. You may have been providing care for many years, or you may be new to it – either way a Carer’s Assessment can help Social Services to arrange appropriate support to you and the person you provide care for. It may lead to an increase in the range or amount of services, which could in turn help you. If the person you care for refuses a community care assessment you are still entitled to a Carer’s Assessment and services that will support you in your caring role.

If the person you care for refuses a community care assessment you are still entitled to a Carer's needs assessment and services that will support you in your caring role.

A carer of a person with mental health needs

If you are a carer of someone with mental health needs ask your Care Programme Approach co-ordinator for an assessment of your needs.

Calderdale Mental Health Carer Support Service has a team of experienced carer support workers working throughout Calderdale. This is a free and independent service which can liaise with Calderdale Council and Health Services to gain a deeper insight and to help you to resolve any problems that may arise. They aim to provide an easily accessible source of practical help and support during times of greatest need. Contact this service on 07815 493370 or email enquiries@makingspace.co.uk.

See also mental health services .

Next steps

How do I find out more?

All of the information you need for a Carer's needs assessment is contained in the assessment form. However, the person who is carrying out your assessment can explain the process in more detail if you wish.

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Last Updated: 22/07/2016