A Carer’s Needs Assessment looks at the different ways that your caring role affects your life. We look at how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and enable you to feel that you still have quality of life.
The assessment covers the impact of your caring role, how you feeling about caring, your physical, mental and emotional health and how caring may affect your ability to access, work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships. As a carer your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is at the heart of this assessment, demonstrating the impact & need for services.
If you decline an assessment we will still be able to access information and advice, including what in-house services we can offer as well as any other support and help from local organisations that may benefit you in your caring role.
If you would like to complete a Carer's Needs Assessment please contact the Carers Support Team on 0151 288 6060 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm) or via our contact page and we will send you an initial assessment form - once this has been completed we will contact you to arrange a full Carers's Needs Assessment.
Contributing factors we consider during an assessment:
Often caring roles develop over time and when providing care to a loved one it can be difficult to recognise that you are a carer.
Many carers feel that they have a duty to those who they care for and this can sometimes lead to other care options being ruled out. We are committed to ensuring that you are given as much information as possible to enable you to make an informed a decision regarding your options.
You may find it difficult to talk about your caring role if the person you care is present, we will always try to offer you opportunity to discuss at a time or location that suits you. There may be some parts of your caring role that you may find more difficult than others and we will endeavourer to help you discuss all aspects of your caring role.
As a carer you may sometimes take on physical tasks such as lifting and carrying which can cause long-term health problems. You may find that the stress of your role has led to depression or other mental health problems. In some cases safety can be an issue, for example, because of the behaviour of the person you are looking after.
During your assessment we will consider your physical and mental health as well as any problems you may be experiencing. We will also consider whether your role as a carer is sustainable and what services will benefit you so you are able to continue in the caring role.
The type of questions we will ask during an assessment may include:
• What caring tasks do you undertake and how do you feel about doing them?
• What is your relationship with the person you care for like?
• Do you get enough time for yourself - for example, to meet other people and take part in leisure activities?
• How caring is affecting your mental and physical health?
• How caring is affecting your relationships with others?
• How caring is affecting your ability to access education and work life?
• Whether the person you care for is getting enough help?
• How willing or able are you to carry on caring - what about your own health needs?
• What would help make things easier for you?
Once a Carer's Needs Assessment has been completed and you are happy with the assessment a support plan is then completed and sent to SMBC for budgetary approval. The Support Plan will demonstrate such things as:
• Consideration of a carer needing specific support to ensure they are able to attend any medical appointments for themselves.
• Timely support a carer needs to go into hospital for an operation (including recovery after surgery) that they might have been putting off because of their caring commitment.
• Training for carers, such as safely lifting, managing medication and dealing with different types of behaviours.
• Specific Services commissioned from SMBC to support carers.