If you care for someone with dementia, it’s your legal right to have a Carer’s Assessment. Our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses can explain how to arrange it, and how it could help you find support as a carer. We are aware that in some areas, there are waiting lists for an assessment. While there isn’t a direct substitute for having a Carers Assessment, our Admiral Nurses can help identify your most pressing needs and suggest a plan while you are waiting.
If your need for help becomes more urgent while you are waiting for your assessment, you can:
Get back in touch with the local authority of the person you care for
A Carer’s Assessment is an assessment of your needs to see how your caring role impacts upon your life, and what support you might need to make it easier. It is carried out by your local council/local authority.
Even if you feel you are coping well, it’s still worth requesting a Carer’s Assessment. It means support can be put in place to help you keep caring for the person with dementia for as long as you want to.
There is another type of assessment called a Needs Assessment, which looks at what support the person with dementia needs, rather than what you need as a carer.
These are sometimes done at the same time, but if possible, arrange them separately so you can focus on your individual needs at the Carer’s Assessment.
A social worker will contact you to arrange a time for the assessment, which usually takes place at home. They will also send you a form to complete in advance, or with their assistance at the appointment.
The social worker should ask you:
what the pattern of a normal day is like
whether you provide any care overnight
what practical tasks you help the person with, eg washing, dressing, cooking, helping them eat and drink, getting them in and out of bed
whether you get any time to yourself, away from the person with dementia
The more specific you can be, the better the outcome of the assessment will be, so take some time beforehand to think through everything you do and make notes to remind you on the day.
The social worker will also look around the home to see if you would benefit from any adaptations or living aids, such as equipment to help the person to use the shower or the toilet, or get in and out of bed.
To speak to a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse about the Carer’s Assessment or any other aspect of dementia, you can contact our free Helpline on 0800 888 6678 (Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm, every day except 25th December), email email@example.com, or book a phone or video appointment in our virtual clinics.
Dementia UK information that you might find useful: