As a carer, you have the right to an assessment of your needs.
If you would like an assessment, you have two options:
- You can ask to have a separate carers’ assessment, usually this is a Carer ‘Health and Wellbeing Check’. You can have this assessment even if the person you care for doesn’t have any care and support needs. The person you care for doesn’t have to agree to you having this check, or even need to know about it if this isn’t appropriate. A Carer Health and Wellbeing check will usually be done through Devon Carers or your GP practice.
- If the person you care for has a care needs assessment you can choose to have an assessment of your needs at the same time. Your needs are looked at together in one process as a combined assessment. A combined assessment will usually be done through social care services.
All carer assessments will:
- give you a chance to talk about your health and wellbeing and the challenges of caring
- give you information about support and services, such as help to look after your own health while caring safely
- work out whether you have needs which are eligible for specific social care support
- give reassurance to you and the person you care for.
A Health and Wellbeing Check will also be an opportunity to pick up on any early signs of ill health and access treatment and support.
If the person you’re caring for has a care needs assessment the two separate assessments can be aligned as a joint assessment, if that is appropriate.
To ask for an assessment phone Devon Carers on 08456 434 435. Carer Health and Wellbeing Checks are available from Devon Carers, some GP practices and some pharmacies. If you can’t leave the person you look after, it may be possible to arrange care for them while you have the check.