The Care Act 2014 gives carers the right to have a Carers Assessment.
A Carers Assessment is for adult carers of adults (over 18 years) who are disabled, ill or elderly. The assessment will look at how caring affects your own life. It looks at many areas including for example; physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, ability to access work and recreation.
The assessment is for you, it is not an assessment of your ability to care – it is largely focused on how caring impacts you. No-one will tell you what to do as a result of any issues identified during the assessment. Instead you will be helped to decide what you want to achieve and the support you might need to make any changes.
A key part of the assessment explores whether you are willing to continue to care and also looks at whether you are happy with any support provided. It also explores your feelings and choices around your caring role.
At the end of the assessment a plan is created with you which looks at ways in which any needs you may have can potentially be met.