About the Carer's Assessment

You are entitled to have one as part of the Care Act 2014 but you will benefit from a wide range of services by going through Carer Support Dorset.   

The Carer’s Assessment will take into account your caring role but will also try to find ways of helping you to improve your health and wellbeing.

A Carer’s Assessment is not about how well you are caring. It’s about what support you need so that you can stay well and continue to have a life outside of your caring role that meets your needs.

You can still talk to Carer Support Dorset even if you do not feel ready for a Carer’s Assessment, they have lots of other support you can access.

Who can have a Carer’s Assessment

A Carer’s Assessment is available:

  • to people who get support from the council or pay for their own care
  • whether you live with the person you are caring for or not
  • to any carer whether they are caring full time or not
  • for you and the person you care for, a joint assessment can be made at the same time

What the Carer’s Assessment will cover

A Carer's Assessment is most beneficial when you are looking to improve your situation or change something.

Your assessment will focus on the impact that caring has on you and should cover:

  • your caring role and how it affects your life and wellbeing
  • your health - physical, mental, and emotional issues
  • your feelings and choices about caring
  • your personal time such as, work, study, training, and leisure activity
  • relationships, social activities, and your goals
  • housing
  • planning for emergencies

We will offer you advice and tell you about other services and support that is available.

Start your Carers Assessment 

There are three ways to access a Carers Assessment:

1. Submit online

Submit your information online to start the process, the assessment is completed by an Adult Social Care Practitioner in person or over the phone.

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2. Ask for a Carers Assessment from Dorset Council

Contact us for a Carers Assessment:

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3. Speak to a member of Carer Support Dorset 

Talk to Carer Support Dorset about your caring role so they can connect you with their support, community services, and can help you decide if you want a formal assessment

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