A new government Act of Parliament called the Care Act came into force on 1 April 2015. It sets out your legal right to assessment and support.
The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for example, physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring.
Assessment of Carers
If a carer is assessed as having 'eligible need' the Local Authority must meet it.
When assessing a carer, the Local Authority has a duty to consider:
- Whether the carer is willing and able to provide or continue to provide care.
- The impact that caring is having on the carer's own well-being.
- The 'outcomes' that the carer wishes to achieve in their own lives.
- The carers own capabilities and any support available from friends, family etc.
- Whether the carer works or wishes to (and/or) to participate in education, training or recreation.
Hillingdon Carers believe it represents a step forward for carers as, under the Care Act, local authorities now have a duty to assess a carer’s need for support where the carer appears to have such a need. This replaces the law which said the carer must be providing a “substantial amount of care on a regular basis” to qualify for an assessment.
Please note: Hillingdon Carers does not carry out a Carers Assessment for children, you must call the Local Authority Children's Social Care Triage Team on 01895 556644
If you would like a Carer Assessment, or you would like to learn more, please complete your contact details below.