Who is a carer?
To have a free carer's assessment you must be providing, or going to provide, care for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without your support. You do not need to be the only person providing care for this person.
Trafford Council would not normally do a carer’s assessment for someone who is working as a carer or is a volunteer carer.
What is a carer’s assessment?
As a carer you have a right to have your needs considered when decisions are being made about support for the person you care for. This is done by a carer’s assessment, carried out free of charge. You might be referred for an assessment by a professional. You can also ask for a carer’s assessment.
The assessment will look at the impact the care and support you provide is having on your own wellbeing. It will also look at the rest of your life, including the things you want to achieve day-to-day. It must also cover other important issues, such as:
- Do you want to carry on being a carer?
- Do you want to work or volunteer?
- Do you want to do things socially?
How do I get a carer’s assessment?
Carers’ assessments in Trafford are done by Trafford Carers Centre.
How much does an assessment cost?
The assessment is free and there is no cost to carer or the person being cared for.
How much does the support cost?
If you have been assessed as having a need for support then there will be no charge for your support.
If you are an adult caring for someone over 18 you can ask for a carers assessment. If you are caring for a young person with a health condition or disability you can ask for a carer’s assessment before they are 18. If you are eligible for support the support will start when the young person is 18.
If you are caring for a child or young person with a disability or health condition you can ask for an assessment from children’s services.
If you are an adult caring for someone over 18 you can ask for a carer's assessment. If you are under 18 and caring for an adult you can ask for a carer’s assessment. If you are eligible for support the support will start when you are 18.
If you are a young carer under 18 you can ask for an assessment from children’s services.