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Carer's assessment and eligibility

A carer’s assessment is the opportunity for you to talk to someone about the impact that caring has on your life. The assessment may be carried out over the telephone, in a community venue or in some circumstances in your home. The assessment will look at how caring affects your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring. It’s a chance to focus on you and your needs.

If you provide or intend to provide care for an adult, you can request a carer’s assessment by contacting the Lincolnshire Carers Service.

Following an assessment

Following the assessment we will make a plan to help support you. We will also let you know whether you are entitled to a carer’s personal budget. We use the national eligibility criteria for carers (Care Act 2014) to help us make this decision.

Carers who do not meet the national eligibility criteria can still access the wider support from the Lincolnshire Carers Service. If at any time you feel that things you do to look after your relative or friend has changed or increased you can ask for another assessment.

Carer’s National Eligibility Criteria

A carer meets the eligibility threshold if all three criteria are met:

  1. A carer’s needs for support arises because they are providing necessary care to an adult. For example, if the carer is providing care and support for needs which the adult is capable of meeting themselves, the carer may not be providing necessary care
  2. As a result of the caring responsibilities, the carer’s physical or mental health is either deteriorating or is at risk of deteriorating; or the carer is unable to achieve any of the following outcomes:
    • Carrying out any caring responsibilities the carer has for a child
    • Providing care to other persons for whom the carer provides care
    • Maintaining a habitable home environment in the carer’s home
    • Managing and maintaining nutrition
    • Developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships
    • Engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
    • Making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including recreational facilities or services
    • Engaging in recreational activities
  3. As a consequence there is, or there is likely to be, a significant impact on the carer’s wellbeing.


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Last updated: 5 June 2017

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