Completing the carer's self-assessment

What is a carer's assessment?

If you provide or plan to provide unpaid support to someone, you have a right to have your needs assessed by us, we call this a ‘carer's assessment'.  You can have an assessment even if the person you look after has refused support or an assessment of their own needs.  The carer's assessment is an essential first step to find out what support might be available to you.

What happens during a carer's assessment?

We will ask you questions to see how caring affects your life. The questions will look at things like:
  • How caring affects your life, including your health and wellbeing;
  • Any difficulties you are experiencing; and
  • Whether there is anything you would like to change about your caring role

We can also give you information about other services, and ideas for supporting you in your caring role.

Please read these notes before you start
  • It is advisable to set aside some uninterrupted time of up to one hour to complete the form.
  • Please note, for security reasons if there has been no activity for 30 minutes your session will expire. You can save your form at any point using the Save for later button.
  • Please complete the form as accurately and comprehensively as possible. The form will guide you to additional questions where appropriate

Make sure you have the following to hand:
  • Your email address, you will not be able to submit a form without an email address
  • Details of the person you care for; name, address and date for birth
  • Details of anyone you would like to be involved with your assessment

Completing the assessment

Take time to read the questions and think about your answers.  You might also want to discuss it with family or trusted friends.

Once you feel ready to complete the assessment you should answer the questions to best describe your situation.  Some of the questions have sections for you to provide more information about the care and support you provide, and how it may be affecting you and others in your family.   

If you are caring for more than one person, please answer the questions in the assessment about the person who you most provide care for.   

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Where can I get more information?

Please look at our leaflets and factsheets available on our website.

Alternatively, if at any point you feel you need help to understand or complete the assessment you can ask family members, friends or Care for the Carers to help. Care for the Carers is an independent charity that support unpaid carers in East Sussex, you can call them on 01323 738390 or click the link to their website below.

You can also contact Health and Social Care Connect on 0345 60 80 191

Care for the Carers website