Carers who feel they may have a need for support can now complete an online assessment to find out what they are entitled to.
Any carer who appears to have a need for support can have an assessment regardless of the amount of time they spend caring, the type of care they provide, their financial means or the level of support that is potentially needed.
The self-assessment questionnaire covers a number of areas including: Your caring role and how it affects your life and wellbeing; your health – physical, mental and emotional issues; your feelings and choices about caring; work, study, training, and leisure; relationships, social activities and your goals; and planning for emergencies.
Anyone who does not have internet access at home can log onto Connect to Support at the Carers Support Service, with the help of the duty officer, or at any East Riding Library.
What is a carers assessment?
A carer’s assessment can be done to find out how your life is being affected by caring for someone and where you may need support from the council if you are found to be eligible.
A carer’s assessment covers:
- what type of care and support you provide
- how the care you provide affects your health and wellbeing
- how you feel about caring and how it affects your life options
- the impact that caring for someone has on areas of your life such as your aspirations, your work, leisure, and recreational activity and your other relationships.
You don’t need the permission of the person you care for to ask for an assessment.
The carers assessment process involves the following steps:
- The carer contacts the council by phone, email or in person to request an assessment (Soon to be available online)
- A social care worker explains the assessment process. At this point, you can choose your preferred method of assessment
- The assessment is carried out by a social care worker who will then make a decision about whether you are eligible
- You will then be notified of whether you are eligible. The social care worker will provide any advice and direct you to the support you need
- If you are eligible you will need to complete a support plan to find out how best you can be supported and achieve any goals that were identified by the assessment