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Having a care assessment

If you provide regular unpaid support to someone who could not manage without it, you have the right to have your needs assessed, even if the person you care for has refused support services or an assessment of their own needs.

This assessment, called a carers' assessment, gives you the chance to tell us what you need, and to find out what support might be available. The carers' assessment explores whether you have eligible needs in your own right.

The local authority or a partner carers' organisation will assess whether you have needs as a carer and what those needs may be. This assessment will consider the impact of caring on you. It will also consider what difficulties you may be facing, how you manage them and the things that you want to achieve in your day-to-day life.

It must consider other important issues, such as whether you are able or willing to carry on caring, whether you work or want to work, and whether you want to study or do more socially.

If you have eligible needs, the assessor will discuss the options available to meet those needs. If your needs are not eligible, you will be given information and advice.


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