Carers assessments

Carers are people who look after others, providing care or essential support to people who are unable to do everything for themselves. Carers may be relatives of the person they look after or they might be a friend or neighbour. They may or may not live with them.

Adult Social Care can support carers of any age who provide or intend to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis. This care could include personal care, physical or practical help, help with medical matters or supervising someone who is at risk. While carers may be eligible for state benefits, they are not paid for the care they provide.

Help for carers is provided through carers assessments.  To be eligible for an assessment, a carer should be providing (or intending to provide) a substantial amount of care on a regular basis.