Carer’s Assessment – your legal entitlement – The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
A Carer’s Assessment is the first stage for carers to access help and support for themselves and the person they care for. It is an opportunity to discuss with Social Services how caring affects your life, which support services you need and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring. You are legally entitled to a carer’s needs assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or the level of support you may need. Previously you had to ask but now as soon as it appears to a local council that you may have needs for support they must offer you an assessment.
You are entitled to an assessment whether or not you live with the person who you care for. If you are sharing caring responsibilities with any other person or persons including a child under 18, each of you are entitled to an
assessment in your own right.
You can have a needs assessment regardless of whether the person you care for has had their own assessment or whether the person you care for has had an assessment but the local council has decided that they are not eligible for support.
If the person you care for receives an assessment in their own right and for their own needs the local council can combine the assessment of the person you care for with your own assessment so that they are linked and complementary but this should only be done with your permission. They must not assume that you can and are able and willing to meet any needs without having that conversation with you.
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