Read our top tips on preparing for a Carer's assessment.
1. Make notes before the assessment
It may be a good idea to make some notes before the assessment to remind you of the things you want to say, and any questions you may want to ask.
2. Be as open as possible
Assessments can be daunting, especially when you are talking about personal relationships, but try not to be shy or embarrassed. Be open about the level of care you give and what you would like to happen in the future.
I asked for a carer's assessment when my daughter was being assessed. Although I was a social worker and filled them in frequently with others, it was incredibly difficult and emotional to fill it in and say how the situation was.
3. Talk to someone who knows your situation
Talk to someone who knows you and your family well, as they may be able to help you think about your caring role. It is easy to miss out the things you do on a daily basis and take for granted as part of your role.
4. Have someone with you during the assessment
If you have requested a separate assessment you may want someone to be there with you such as a friend or advocate who can give you moral support and ensure your views are heard. If you do not have someone who can join you but you would like support during the assessment you can contact your local advocacy organisation or voluntary group.
- Contact your local advocacy organisation or voluntary group.
- Find out more about advocacy by calling Mencap Direct on 0808 800 1111.
Between the ages of 75 and 80 I really began to feel the difference in my health from my caring role. I am still constantly on the go, and I can't take time to recuperate when I get ill.
5. Don't forget the little things
Carer's assessments are all about your needs and wishes and the impact caring is having on your life. Don't forget the little things that affect you everyday, such as the impact on the rest of your family, your sleep levels and the amount of time you get to spend on yourself.
6. Arrange a follow up visit
If you feel aspects of your life were not fully covered during the assessment you can contact social services and ask for a follow up visit.