What is a carer's assessment?
A carer's assessment works out what help you may need to support you in your role as an unpaid carer.
The assessment is a chance for you to discuss how your caring responsibilities affect you.
Any carer in Suffolk who appears to have needs for support can have an assessment by Suffolk County Council.
How it works
The assessment will cover:
- your caring role
- whether you're willing and able to carry on providing care
- whether your caring responsibilities have an impact on your wellbeing
- your feelings about caring
- your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
- how caring affects your work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships
- what you would like to achieve in your day-to-day life
- whether you need any support
- whether you qualify for any help from the council
How to apply
You can apply for a carer's assessment by contacting adult social care (Customer First).
Preparing for your assessment
You might want to think about the following things:
- do you get enough sleep?
- is your health affected by caring?
- can you leave the person you are looking after?
- are you worried about having to give up work?
- does caring affect your wellbeing and relationships with others?
- do you get enough time for yourself?
- are you worried about other commitments which are being affected by your caring role?
It may also be a good idea to make a list or keep a diary, of everything you do to assist the person you support.
After your assessment
All the information gathered during your assessment will help us decide whether you have eligible needs for support from us. We do this by using the national eligibility criteria (PDF, 568KB) for carers.
If you have eligible needs, we'll agree with you what needs you want us to meet.
We can meet your eligible needs by providing:
- support to the person you care for
- advice or information to help you make use of community resources and services
- information on what welfare benefits you could claim and details of other services
- a support plan with a personal budget to meet your eligible needs
If you do not have eligible needs, we can still support you by providing: