If you and your family are the main support for somebody currently using our services you may find it helpful to have an assessment of your own needs in your caring role.
A formal Carers Assessment means that a support plan can be put in place for you that takes account of:
- your view of your role as a carer
- the support you already provide and how to best to help you maintain that
- the other things you want or need to do in life
- accessing community resources local to you
- identifying public, private and voluntary services that are funded to support carers and offer something you might value
Examples of support that might be identified include:
- tailored information and advice about mental health and learning disability and its treatment
- information about welfare benefits
- joining a carers support group
- having a short break
A Carers Assessment is not a test of how good a carer you are.
I am a carer in Gloucestershire, how do I arrange a Carers Assessment?
If you have not been offered a Carers Assessment and you would like one, please speak to the named nurse or care co-ordinator of the person you care for to find out who does this with you. Most people find talking through the assessment with a member of staff from 2gether or Carers Gloucestershire works best to identify what will help them. The assessment is a guided conversation about you and your needs so you should take some time to think about what is most important for you.
I am a carer in Herefordshire, how do I arrange a Carers Assessment?
Speak to your friend or family member’s named nurse or care co-ordinator if you would like help to access a carers assessment or request one directly by contacting the Advice and Referral Team (ART) at Herefordshire Council:
- Telephone: 01432 260101
- Email: ASCAdviceandReferralTeam@herefordshire.gcsx.gov.uk
- Fax: 01432 261666
You can also write to: Adult Social Care, Advice and Referral Team, Franklin House, 4 Commercial Road, Hereford HR1 2BB.