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Carers assessments

Carers assessments

Carers' assessment

A carer is somebody who cares for a friend or family member, who is over 18 years of age.

The person they care for usually needs support due to their age, illness, disability, substance misuse or mental health problem and couldn't manage without this help.

If this applies to you, you can ask for an assessment: 


Carers under 18

If you provide care for an adult and you're under 18 go to the help for young carers' page.

We look at what things could make your role as a carer easier. This includes making sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, as well as information on short breaks, and practical and emotional support available to you.

We will also discuss what you’d need to know in an emergency, as well as what support is available to help you get back into work, take part in leisure activities and improve your own health.

Once you have contacted us to have a carer’s assessment we will be in touch to arrange an appointment for the assessment to be carried out. This will be at a time suitable to you and your caring needs.

Find out more

Read the carers assessment guide (PDF document).

After the assessment is completed we will discuss with you the help needed.

If you're eligible we'll arrange for you to have a personal budget. This is the amount of money set aside for you to buy services to help meet your eligible needs. (link)

Short breaks

A short break is designed to give a break to the carer to let them take some time away from their caring role, knowing that the person they care for is being well looked after.

Breaks during the day

Sit-in services or respite breaks can be provided by Crossroads Care Wokingham, a registered charity supporting  Parent Carers and  Adult Carers

Day care services are also available at council-owned residential homes such as  Suffolk Lodge.

Other places offering services can be found in our  services directory, including:

Breaks away from your home

The services below can provide short breaks:

  • Residential care homes: offer short term care, providing help with daily living tasks such as washing, bathing, dressing and offering meal time help in a 24 hour care environment
  • Nursing homes: offer the same services as residential care homes, as well as having trained nurses for specific nursing care needs
  • Short break centres: provide short term care for physically disabled adults, with trained staff and interesting activities and outings
  • EMI (elderly mentally infirm) homes offer specialist care for people with dementia

Read advice and information for carers on the NHS Choices website. 

Search the directory to find help and support services for carers.

Sign up for the Carers UK digital resource.

Wokingham outreach carers service free access to a range of support and services.

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