Before the assessment, sit down and think about your role as a carer. Be honest about the effects that caring for your relative has on your life.
Think about your role as a carer
It might help to chat things through with family and friends, or to keep a diary for a week, about the care you are providing and how it affects you and makes you feel.
Without support, will you struggle to provide the care that your relative needs? Try not to feel that it is entirely your responsibility to provide all the support for your relative or feel guilty if you can’t do it all.
In many cases, it is better for trained professionals to carry out certain tasks - they have the time and energy to dedicate to the job. You might not have this if you are elderly or you are also juggling work and/or a family.
Before the assessment think about the following:
- Will you be able to talk freely if your cared-for relative is present?
- Do you want or are you able to carry on caring for your relative?
- If you are prepared to continue, is there anything that could make life easier?
- Without support is there a risk that you might not be able to continue caring for your relative?
- Do you have any physical or mental health problems, including stress or depression, that make your role as a carer more difficult?
- Does being a carer affect your relationships with other people, including the person you are caring for as well as family and friends?
- If you have a job, does being a carer cause problems?
- Would you like more time to yourself so that you can sleep, take a break or enjoy some leisure activity? If so, what would you like to do?
- Would you like to do some training, voluntary work or paid work? If so, what would you like to do?
Make notes to take into the assessment with you.
Use the link below to download our checklist for preparing for the carer's assessment.
- Benefits for carers: government support you might also be entitled to.
- Respite care: find out about the respite care options that are available.
- Challenging a needs assessment: if you are unhappy with the way an assessment was carried out or the final outcome.
Page last reviewed: June 2015
Next review due: April 2017