If you are looking after a friend or family member with anything like washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious, then you are what's known as an 'unpaid' carer.

It is important that you talk to someone about the caring responsibilities you have. They can then assess what support you and the person you care for need.

You are entitled to this assessment even if the person you look after doesn’t receive care and support. Contact our partner Virgin Care to arrange a carers' assessment. Virgin Care Services Limited will provide the majority of the services previously provided by Sirona Care & Health from 1 April 2017. The services will still provide the same support, be funded in the same way and in most cases you will continue to see the same colleagues as you have seen before. If you have questions, please speak to the team from the service you work with – or you can contact Virgin Care’s Customer Services Team on 0300 303 9509, or by email: customerservices@virgincare.co.uk. See http://bathneshealthandcare.nhs.uk/

Please contact Virgin Care to arrange a carers' assessment. Virgin Care Services Limited will provide the majority of the services previously provided by Sirona Care & Health from 1 April 2017. The services will still provide the same support, be funded in the same way and in most cases you will continue to see the same colleagues as you have seen before. If you have questions, please speak to the team from the service you work with – or you can contact Virgin Care’s Customer Services Team on 0300 303 9509, or by email: customerservices@virgincare.co.uk. See http://bathneshealthandcare.nhs.uk/

They will ask you about:

  • what your caring role entails
  • your health
  • your feelings and choices about caring
  • your ability to work, study and relax
  • planning for emergencies

No the person you care for doesn't have to come. Their needs don't have to be assessed either. It is up to you whether you want them there. What’s most important is that you give a complete picture of your life. You need to be as honest as you can be about what you do and how you feel about it. That way, you and the person doing the assessment can have a clear and open discussion about what sort of help might make it easier for you to take up caring or continue in your caring role.

After your assessment, you will be offered one or more types of support. Your wishes and preferences will be at the heart of your assessment and in the type of support you are offered. It is vital that the support suits you and your family. This may include one or more of the following:

Yes. We recognise that you need to feel looked after and supported yourself, if you are caring for someone on a long term basis.

If you want to find out whether the person you care for is eligible for care and support and what support might help, visit our pages on how to get information and advice about care and support.

You won’t need to do a financial means test as part of the carer’s assessment but you might be asked about what impact the cost of caring is having on your finances. The carer’s allowance that some people receive for caring on a full-time basis is different and does require a means test. Bath and North East Somerset recognises the significant contribution made by carers. Initially there are no plans to charge carers for services, although this will be reviewed each year in case the situation changes.

 

Not at all. Having a carer’s assessment will not affect your right to receive a carer’s allowance.

 

A carer’s assessment is about you and your wellbeing. It will consider the impact that caring is having on your life and what support might be available for you. Its purpose is not to judge the care that you provide.

 

Everyone who gives unpaid care to an adult over the age of 18, and has some need for support, can request an individual carer’s assessment. They do not have to be done together.

 

This should not affect the support you may be offered. If you care for an adult family member of friend, and you feel like you need some support, you can contact the council covering the area where the person you care for lives to ask for a carer’s assessment. If the council decides that you have needs that meet the new national level they will discuss with you what support they can provide. If your needs are not eligible, the council will give you information and advice about other types of support that are available in your area. This may include putting you in touch with local charities or community organisations.

 

Each person’s situation is different. The cost would either be covered by the council, or a contribution would need to be paid by the person receiving the care. You as a carer cannot be charged for any support provided directly to the person you care for, even if it helps you to take a break.

 

If either of these things happen, we will discuss your situation with you and agree the next steps to take.

 

We fund and work closely with B&NES Carers’ Centre to support people who care for someone else.

There are various activities and groups for carers in Bath and North East Somerset find out what's on for carers.

Wellbeing Options - this website supports people in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives. It provides a wealth of useful information about local care providers, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources.  

Carers UK is a national organisation providing a wealth of information about caring. 
 

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