Request a carer's assessment
What is a carer’s assessment and how can I request one?
As a carer you can get advice, support and help from the council and other organisations. A carer’s assessment will identify the help you need. The assessment is free and confidential.
Requesting a carer’s assessment
If you're an unpaid carer you can ask for a carer’s assessment. This is your opportunity to record the impact caring has on your life and what support or services you need. It is up to you whether you want to have an assessment on your own or with the person you care for.
To arrange a carer's assessment, contact the Buckinghamshire Council First Response Team:
Self-referral: Submit a referral online
Email: [email protected]
Call: 01296 383 204
Alternatively, if the person you care for has a social worker allocated you can contact them directly.
Who is entitled to a carer's assessment?
Anyone over the age of 18 who is looking after another adult is eligible for an assessment, regardless of your financial situation or the level of support you need. You don’t have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time. You also have the right to an assessment if you are planning to provide care soon. For example, for someone being discharged from hospital with ongoing care needs.
How can a carer’s assessment help?
Some of the help we can provide after an assessment includes:
- information and advice ranging from benefits to future planning and emotional support
- a carer’s Direct Payment may be available to help you in a specific way – for example, to help you pursue leisure, social or educational activities
What happens during a carer’s assessment?
We can either give you a call or arrange to visit you so we can listen and fully understand what you do as a carer to support your loved one.
We can either speak with you alone or with the person you are looking after. It is entirely up to you, as it may sometimes be difficult to speak about your caring role in front of the person you care for.
The assessment is your opportunity to have a face-to-face discussion about your caring role and how it affects you.
Some of the issues you may want to discuss could include:
- the type of care you are providing and the time it takes
- what difficulties you may be having in your caring role
- what would happen in an emergency
- planning for the future
- how caring may be affecting your own finances, health, leisure or work
For more information, please see factsheet “My carers assessment” on our Factsheets page.
After your assessment
We’ll provide you with a copy of your assessment and let you know what we can do to help. You will also be provided with a carer’s support plan.
You will be given information about meeting again in the future to review your circumstances. If your circumstances change then please do let us know and we can review the support we are able to offer.
For further information about support for carers, Carers Bucks can help.
Call: 0300 777 2722
Email: [email protected]
Website: Carers Bucks | Dedicated to supporting carers - Carers Bucks
For specific information on carer’s assessments, see Carers Assessments - Carers Bucks