As a carer you can get advice, support and help from the council and other organisations. A carer assessment will identify the help you need.
A carer's assessment is an important step to getting the support you need, but there is a lot of other help and guidance available to carers in Buckinghamshire.
Requesting a carer assessment
We can arrange for a face to face meeting with a professional e.g. a social worker (or over the phone if you prefer) to assess your needs.
If you and the person you are looking after agree, a combined assessment of both your needs can be undertaken at the same time.
Contact Buckinghamshire Council Adult Early Help Team on 01296 383 204, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If the person you care for has a social worker allocated, please contact them directly.
Who is entitled to a carer's assessment?
We will assess any carer who needs support.
Whatever your financial situation, or the level of support you need, you are still entitled to be assessed.
You don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment.
How a carer assessments can help
Some of the help we can provide after an assessment includes:
- Information and advice ranging from benefits to future planning and emotional support.
- A carer direct payment – may be available to help you in a specific way, for example to help you pursue leisure, social or educational activities
The assessment is free and confidential.
What happens at an assessment?
The assessment is your opportunity to have a face to face discussion about your caring role and how it affects you.
You can ask for the assessment to be private if you wish, as it may be difficult to speak about your caring role in front of the person you care for.
Some of the issues you may want to discuss might be:
- the type of care you are providing and the time it takes
- what difficulties you may be having in your caring role
- what would happen in an emergency
- planning for the future
- how caring may be affecting your own finances, health, leisure or work
After your assessment
If we are able to help, we will send you a copy of your assessment and a carer's support plan.
You will be given information about meeting again in the future to review your circumstances and information on how to get in touch if your circumstances change.