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A carers assessment is 'an assessment of your needs as a carer, not your ability to care'.
You can choose to have an assessment in your own right, or jointly with the person you care for. The assessment is carried out by a social care worker from the County Council. It allows you to talk about your needs and the things you think could make caring easier for you.
They will ask you about:
- The help needed by the person you care for
- The help you are providing now
- Any difficulties that you may have
- What you think would make life easier for you
After your carers assessment, your social care worker may be able to give you advice and information. If you are eligible the Council may be able to help you pay for some of the things you need.
You can also ask for a carers assessment by phoning 0300 123 2224.
Carers of people with mental health problems
Carers of people with mental health problems who receive services from Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust can request a specialist carers' assessment from them.
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01749 836606 or 01749 836633.
The following websites also provide useful information and contacts regarding carers assessments:
Somerset Choices - Carers Assessment