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Carers assessment

What is a carers assessment?

A carers assessment is a discussion with you that will help us understand the physical, emotional and practical impact that caring has on your life and to ensure you can access appropriate support services to help you in your role. The level of support you will receive from the Council will depend on a number of factors; however, we will sign post you to other service providers who will as a minimum provide you with advice, support and guidance.

The assessment will enable us to understand important issues such as whether you are able and willing to carry on caring, whether you want to work, whether you want to study or do more socially.

The carers assessment can be carried out at the same time as the assessment of the person you care for, if the person you care for agrees to this; however, the level of support you receive will be assessed separately. You can ask for a carers assessment even if the person you look after is not receiving support from the Council. Under the Care Act 2014, everyone who defines themselves as being a carer is entitled to receive an assessment.

Who can have a carers assessment?

Anyone who gives unpaid/informal care and support to an adult, family member or friend either in their own home or somewhere else can ask for an assessment. If the person whom you are providing care for lives in another local authority, and is not funded by Birmingham City Council, you should ask that local authority for a carers assessment. However, Birmingham City Council may signpost you for advice and information.

If you receive support from the Council and give unpaid/informal care and support to someone else you are still entitled to a carers assessment. This will be a separate assessment and will be an assessment that considers your needs as a carer.

Caring can include lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.

A carers assessment will look at the different ways that caring affects your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be at the heart of this assessment. As a result, you may be eligible for support from us. If your needs are not eligible, we will refer you to the Carers Hub who will offer you advice and guidance to help you with your caring responsibilities.

The Council has commissioned the Carers Hub to provide information, advice and guidance for all carers including young carers. You can access the services from the Carers Hub directly, the contact details are below.

You don't need the permission of the person you are caring for to request a carers assessment. You are entitled to ask for one in your own right.

If you care for more than one person, this will be considered as part of your carers assessment.

What to do if your needs change or you need more support?

If either of these things happen, you can contact us to discuss your situation and agree the next steps to take.

How much does it cost?

Currently there are no charges for a carers assessment.

How to get in touch

Please call the City Council on 0121 303 1234 for a carers assessment or contact Birmingham Carers Hub