Carer's assessments

Carers have a legal right to an assessment of their needs. If you provide regular, unpaid care for your son or daughter, you may be entitled to a carer's assessment. The assessment is separate to the support received by the person you care for and your family, and looks at the impact caring is having on your life as a whole, for example the effect on your health and the impact on your family life. It will also take into account the needs of the person you care for and the services that are being provided for them.

Caring for someone else can be an exhausting and emotional experience, so making sure you get the help and support you need is incredibly important. You can request a carer's assessment even if the person you care for has refused help from social services, and you can have the assessment carried out separately, on your own or with the support of a friend or advocate.

My husband and I provide continuous care, with six weeks respite a year. Sometimes providing this level of support is hard – we always have to plan ahead, and at times it feels like there is a third person in our marriage.

These pages designed for the family or carers of a person with a learning disability. It will explain how the carer's assessment will take place and what areas of your life you will be encouraged to talk about. It also provides information on how to complain if you feel your assessment has not identified your needs. Throughout the guide you will find links to other useful organisations and websites, as well as advice from people who have been through the assessment process themselves.

These pages contain lots of information on action you can take. You can also find a short explanation of important words and phrases in the ‘key words' section, and look for the ‘What next?' sign for things you can do.

This information is also available to download as a PDF.


Community care assessments

Community care is help that is provided to people in need to help them live as independently as possible.

Understanding carer's assessments

As part of social service's community care, carers are entitled to their own assessment called a carer's assessment.

What is in the carer's assessment?

The assessment will look at all the different aspects of your life as a carer.

Tips on preparing for an assessment

Read our top tips on preparing for a Carer's assessment.

What happens after the assessment?

After your assessment, social services will decide if you need any extra services to help you in your caring role, and what these will be.

The main things you need to know

There are three important things you should know before a carer's assessment.

Assessment reviews

Your situation should be reviewed at least once a year, or more frequently if you are new to caring or your situation is complex.

Making a complaint

If you are unhappy after your assessment and feel that you are still not receiving enough support you should contact your local authority and explain.

Key words

Get definitions of some of the keys words you might hear when getting a carer's assessment.

Further help

Find out where you can go to get further support and advice.