The Care Act 2014 gives carers the right to an independent assessment regardless of their needs for support or their financial resources. The assessment must consider:
- How the provision of support would enable a carer to achieve their desired day to day outcomes and; whether the carer is willing, and able, to continue to care and have regard to whether the carer is working, training or in education or wishes to do so and; what resources or support the carer can access from the wider community.
- A carer can refuse an assessment.
- A carer’s right to an assessment is independent of the person with care needs’ rights to assessments (e.g. a carer still has a right to an assessment even if the person with care needs refuses an assessment).
An assessment of your needs as a carer could result in the identification of you requiring more support in and out of the home, assistance with household tasks, respite to enable you to get out and about and maintain social relationships, hobbies and activities or simply time for yourself.
If you or the person you care for are financially assessed as requiring local authority support with the cost of meeting your needs you will be allocated a Personal Budget, this budget can be managed by the Council, or you can receive a Direct Payment or enter into an Individual Service Fund arrangement where your personal budget is managed by a service provider.
You can find further information about Direct Payments here: Direct Payments
The Age UK Solihull Home Support Service offers services both to those with care needs and carers. We have provided carers respite breaks or ‘sits’ for over 25 years and our staff are highly trained in supporting carers and engaging those with care needs in appropriate activities. We specialise in the care of those living with dementia.
Please read the feedback from carers about our service here:Feedback on our Carer's Support Scheme