Caring for someone

What does it do?

Carers look after relatives, friends, partners or neighbours who, because of an illness or disability, cannot manage at home without help.

If you're caring for someone you're entitled to an assessment of your own needs, regardless of the needs of the person you look after. This can be done at the same time as the care assessment for the person you care for or it can be done separately.

It's your opportunity to tell us about the things that could support you in your caring role.

A Carers Assessment is simply a discussion with you that will help us understand the physical, emotional and practical impact that caring has on your life and to ensure that your needs are taken into account. This can be carried out at the same time as the assessment of the person you care for, or can be done separately and privately.

As a carer you have a right to have your needs considered when decisions are being made about support for the person you care for. This will include any education, training, work or leisure activity that you would like to take part in.