A carer's assessment is your opportunity to discuss how being a carer affects your life. You can discuss any changes you might like to make and how you can be supported to achieve these.
A carer's assessment is not an assessment of your capabilities as a carer, though importantly you will be asked if you are willing and able to continue to provide care.
The assessment could be face to face, between you and an assessor, a supported self-assessment online or a phone assessment.
What will the carer's assessment cover?
The carer's assessment will look at the care and support you provide, as well as providing information and advice to support you in your caring role. The assessment will also look at anyone else who may be affected by the caring role. This will include identifying any young carers and assessing what support may be available to them.
If the person you look after is also being assessed, you can be assessed at the same time (as long as you both agree to this).
What happens after the carer's assessment?
We will give you a copy of your assessment and a support plan. This will provide details of the outcomes you have identified and how they are going to be met.
This could include giving you a personal budget if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Fill in a Carer's self assessment form and send the completed form to Sunderland Carers Centre, Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland, SR5 1SF