Carer’s Assessments are changing
From 1 April 2015, the Care Act meant that more carers may be eligible for support from their local authority to help them in their caring role. A carer does not have to be caring for someone who is eligible for support from adult social care and can request an assessment in their own right.
You can find out about your rights including Carers Assessments on the NHS Choices website or by reading Carers UK’s brochure ‘Assessments and the Care Act’.
Islington Carers Hub can undertake carers assessments where neither the carer nor the cared for are in receipt of a Council care package. We can also do carers assessment, when the cared for person is not currently being supported by an NHS Mental Health Service (nor have they been in the past 12 months). Get in touch with us for advice on completing this Carers Assessment.
In all other instances Islington Council or the relevant NHS Mental Health Service will be responsible for carrying out Carers Assessments for people caring for older and disabled partners, relatives or friends or those caring for someone with mental health issues. They will use a national eligibility threshold for carers introduced in the Care Act. You are likely to meet the eligibility criteria if:
- Your needs are the result of you providing necessary care to another adult.
- The effect of your caring role is that your physical or mental health is at risk of getting worse, or you are unable to achieve one of a list of outcomes.
- As a result, there is, or likely to be, a significant impact on your wellbeing
A Carers Assessment can lead to the provision of information and advice, access to services, services for the person you care for and/or a Carers Direct Payment.
For more information about Carers Assessments where either the carer or the cared for are in receipt of a Council care package, contact the Social Services Access Team on 020 7527 2299 or email them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please get in touch with us for more information or to book an appointment.