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Carers' assessments

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.

Other support for carers

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.

View other options for carer's support

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.

If the person you care for has a social worker allocated, please contact them directly.

Information about assessments at Carers Bucks

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.

You also have the right to an assessment if you are planning to provide care in the near future – for example, for someone being discharged from hospital with ongoing care needs.


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.


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