Carers Assessments

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  1. Chris

    Chris Registered User

    May 20, 2003
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    Dept of Health leaflet for carers on Carers Assessments is online at http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/08/02/37/04080237.pdf

    Carers Assessments should be available to all carers but not all areas have the system or staff in place yet.

    The most relevant bit I think is - What your assessment is for
    Your carer’s assessment is your
    opportunity to tell social services
    about the things that could make
    caring easier for you
    Some things you may want to think
    about :
    ➢ Do you get enough sleep?
    ➢ Is your health affected in other ways?
    ➢ Are you able to get out and about?
    ➢ Do you get any time for yourself?
    ➢ Are your other relationships affected?
    ➢ Do you want information about
    benefits?
    ➢ Are you worried you may have to give
    up work?
    ➢ Is the person you care for getting
    enough help?

    THEN WHOLE TEXT IS :-

    How to get help in
    looking after someone
    A Carers guide to a carers
    assessment
    If you look after a relative, disabled child or
    friend and caring has a major impact in your
    life then a carer’s assessment could help you.


    1. You are a “carer” if you look after a
    relative, friend or disabled child who
    needs support to live at home. Your
    local council Social Services
    Department may be able to help to
    make things easier for you.
    2. They can provide services to the
    person you care for. They can also
    provide services for you.
    3. To work out what services would be
    helpful in your situation, social
    services need to discuss
    • The help the person you care for
    needs
    • The help you are giving at the
    moment
    • The services your council may
    provide.
    The way this is done is called an
    “assessment”
    4. You as a carer may be involved in
    several ways:
    • If you care for a disabled child
    your needs will be considered as
    part of an assessment of needs of
    your child and family
    • If you care for an adult you can
    have a carers assessment to discuss
    the help that you need. This can
    happen even if the person you care
    for refuses help. You should also be
    able to contribute to the
    discussion of the needs of the
    person you care for (their
    Community Care assessment).
    5. What your assessment is for
    Your carer’s assessment is your
    opportunity to tell social services
    about the things that could make
    caring easier for you
    Some things you may want to think
    about :
    ➢ Do you get enough sleep?
    ➢ Is your health affected in other ways?
    ➢ Are you able to get out and about?
    ➢ Do you get any time for yourself?
    ➢ Are your other relationships affected?
    ➢ Do you want information about
    benefits?
    ➢ Are you worried you may have to give
    up work?
    ➢ Is the person you care for getting
    enough help?
    6. What sort of services might help you:
    • services that give you a break
    • emotional support from other carers
    or people who understand
    • help with household tasks
    • help with caring tasks during the
    day/night
    • benefits advice
    • activities for the person you care for
    However all carers are individuals and your
    local council may provide any service to
    you that they think will help you care or
    help you maintain your wellbeing. So you
    may have some ideas of your own about
    services that would help you that you want
    to talk through with social services. Other
    services that you might want to discuss
    with them are those that may help the
    person you look after.
    Other things you may want social
    services to tell you about :
    • Local or national support organisations
    you could contact
    • Other help you could get
    • Any charges for services
    • What to do if you wish to complain
    Contacting social services
    to ask for an assessment.
    The telephone number of your local council social
    services department will be found in your local
    telephone directory under local authority and then
    community information, or speak to your own GP.
    Other useful contacts for carers
    Carers National Association 0808 808 7777
    (CNA) www.carers.uk.demon.co.uk
    Contact a Family 020 7383 3555
    www.cafamily.org.uk
    Crossroads caring for carers 01788 573653
    www.crossroads.org.uk
    Princess Royal Trust for 020 7480 7788
    Carers (PRTC) www.carers.org
    Your local social services department will tell you
    about other local organisations.
    The Department of Health carers web site may
    be found at www.carers.gov.uk
     

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