The resource raises awareness of the support that carers of someone with dementia can claim.
Dementia UK has published new advice on how people looking after someone with dementia can receive a Carer’s Assessment: an assessment of their financial and practical needs which is conducted by their Local Authority or Local Council Services.
Through home visits from a social worker, the Carer’s Assessment establishes the impact that caring for a person with dementia is having on a carer’s life. It then identifies the relevant support to allow the carer to continue caring for a person with dementia for as long as they want to and are able to.
This support can include things like respite care to allow a carer to make time for themselves or even training to allow them to care for the person with dementia in the safest and most appropriate way.
Dr. Hilda Hayo, CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK, said: “Carers have a right to be supported, as they carry out often physically and emotionally draining responsibilities, such as helping a person wash, dress and use the toilet. The Carer’s Assessment means someone might receive assistive equipment or funding for respite care, taking some of the physical and psychological strain out of their day to day lives – but councils are not always quick to offer the Assessment, so you might need to push to get it.”
A Carer’s Assessment can be requested from a GP, another medical professional, such as a nurse, or by directly contacting the Local Authority social services. It’s important to remember that consent must be obtained by the carer before an assessment takes place, if you are considering applying on behalf of a friend or relative.
“For any questions around getting a Carer’s Assessment, people can ring up our Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”