Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who, without receiving financial benefit, provides support to friends, family, neighbours, who are frail, ill, or have mental health, or substance misuse problems.
Carers feel a huge responsibility and commitment in looking after the person in their care, and they may fit in looking after someone whilst also doing paid work, they also do not have to be living with the person they are caring for.
The person they care for could be:
The role and responsibility of a carer can vary from day to day.
They can include:
What is a carers assessment?
Carer’s assessments are for adult carers of adults (over 18 years) who are disabled, ill or elderly. Due to changes in the Care Act, local authorities now have a legal duty to assess any carer who requests an assessment or appears to need support.
You could be eligible for support from your local authority - this could include receiving money to pay for items which makes caring for an individual easier, to putting you in contact with local support groups for help and advice.
If you need support, get in contact Bradford Metropolitan District Council Adult Services Access Point on 01274 435400. They will give you information and advice on how the assessment will work.
The aim of the assessment is to get you the help and support that you need. It considers the impact of care on your own wellbeing, as well as what you want to achive in your day-to-day life. It will consider whether you are able or willing to carry on caring, want to work or have more free/family time.
After the assessment the local authority will decide whether you are “eligible” for support. If you are to receive support, you will be contacted and discuss what help is available to help you. If you are not “eligible” you will be given information and advice on support groups in the Bradford area.
For more information on the law for carers under the Care Act, visit www.gov.uk and search ‘Care Act Factsheets.’