As a carer, you're entitled to a carer's assessment, which is separate from the assessment of care needs for the person you care for. It's carried out to identify your needs as a carer.
You're a carer if you provide substantial and regular unpaid care for someone like a:
You may spend a lot of time regularly caring for someone. Even if you don't provide many hours of care, you can still ask for an assessment if your caring role has an impact on your life.
It's up to you when you ask for a carer's assessment. You can ask for the assessment before you begin caring for someone or at any point after you've started a caring role.
An assessment of care needs should also be offered for the person you care for if they've not had one, or a re-assessment if their needs have changed.
Young carers and young adult carers can also have a carer's assessment.
The carer's assessment is free.
The information was last updated on: 10th December 2015