How to prepare
Carer’s assessments are for adult carers of other adults who are disabled, ill or elderly.
They allow us to work out whether you qualify for support as an unpaid carer.
We assess your physical, mental and emotional needs. We also look at whether you are willing and able to carry on providing care.
You will be asked to talk about what is working well and what you enjoy doing. We will also ask you what you struggle with in providing the care you do.
Before your assessment, you should consider:
- whether you can talk freely in front of the person you look after
- whether you want to, or can, carry on caring for the person you look after
- if there is anything or anyone that could make life easier and support you
- what would happen to the person you care for if you were unable to
- whether you know what a good day or week looks like
- whether being a carer affects your relationships with other people
- if you have a job, that your employer knows you are a carer
- whether you have time to look after your own health and wellbeing
- what aspects of caring you enjoy or feel you do well and what you struggle with
You can make notes during your assessment, if you wish.
You could try talking with family and friends about the care you provide and how it affects you. You could also keep a diary for a week.
For more advice, visit the CarersUK website.