All carers have the legal right to ask their local authority for an assessment of their needs.
A carers assessment will consider the different ways that caring affects your life. It is an opportunity to think about how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family and your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
You can ask for a carer's assessment even if the person you care for doesn't receive any help from the council. Through the assessment we will consider what information or advice might help you and signpost you to other organisations that may be able to help you. We will consider if you meet the national eligibility criteria to decide what further support may be beneficial for you.
How to apply for a carers assessment
To apply for a carer's assessment you can:
- Complete a Carers self assessment form or
- Contact Social Care Direct: 020 8359 5000
How to prepare for a carers assessment
Prior to completing your carers assessment it may be helpful to think about how caring affects you and your life and for you to consider what kind of help or support would help you.
Will I be eligible for a carers assessment?
When assessing the needs of carers, we will decide whether any carers needs are eligible for support from the council by using the national eligibility criteria.
There are three criteria, all of which must be met for a carers needs to be eligible for support. Carers eligibility is based on identifying:
- whether a carers needs are a consequence of providing necessary care for an adult
- to what extent the carers needs affect their ability to achieve specified outcomes, or put their health at risk
- whether and to what extent this impacts on their wellbeing
For more details about how we assess carers in Barnet please take a look at our Assessment Eligibility Policy for carers (PDF).
If following an assessment it is found that you are eligible for support, we will discuss with you how to meet your needs and build a support plan with you to help you with your specific needs. We will review your carer's assessment once a year or when there is a change in your circumstances.
If you're not eligible for support through the council we can still give you information on useful organisations and other sources of support that may be beneficial to you.