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To find out how to apply for a carer's assessment, contact your local authority social services department or search online for carer's assessment in the appropriate area. 

On this page we give you information about:

1. How do I start applying for a carer's assessment?
2. What is the process for the carer's assessment?

How do I start applying for a carer's assessment?

To help find your local authority, use our Care services directory. Search for care services using a postcode and then click on the drop-down page for Local authority services.

You should then be able to request an assessment online (not in Wales) or by phone. To help with filling in any forms or conversations, gather together the following information:

  • Your NHS number (if you have one)
  • Your GP's name, address and phone number
  • Contact details of anyone who is supporting you with your assessment
  • Name, address, date of birth and NHS number of the person you care for
  • Your email address.

It is also advisable to follow this up with a letter that includes the following information:

  • your name, address and telephone number
  • the date
  • the subject line: Request for a carer's assessment
  • the name, address and telephone number of your relative
  • the care needs of your relative
  • the help that you need as carer.

You might be asked to fill in a questionnaire in advance of the meeting - use our Checklist: preparing for a carer's assessment to think through your needs before doing this.

What is the process for the carer's assessment?

1. The carer's assessment is organised by the social services and is carried out by a social worker, another professional or a local voluntary organisation. The local authority should explain this to you in advance of the assessment, which is normally carried out at a face-to-face meeting.

2. The assessment should be carried out at your home or in the social services' office. The meeting should be in a convenient place and at a time that suits you. It should also be a private place.

3. You can include the person you are caring for at the meeting if you wish. This doesn't have to be the case. You can also ask for a family member, friend or a professional carer's support worker to attend - let the person who is interviewing you know this in advance.

The following areas should be covered in the interview. If any of them aren't discussed, make sure you raise them yourself if they are relevant:

  • your caring role
  • your feelings and choices about caring
  • your health
  • your work
  • other family commitments
  • what you enjoy doing to relax
  • planning for emergencies.

Be honest about your limits

If you are having a joint assessment, it is very important to be clear about what your caring limits are. If you don’t spell out what you are or aren’t willing and able to do, you could be left with an undue level of responsibility. Be aware, though, that the person for whom you care will be present throughout the assessment. Will you feel able to talk freely? If you have doubts about this, ask for a separate assessment.

Page last reviewed: June 2015
Next review due: July 2017