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If you're a carer, a carer's assessment is a chance to discuss your needs with your local council. You can talk about anything during your carer's assessment or Adult Carer Support Plan (in Scotland).

You might find it helpful to think about:

  • What caring tasks you do and how you feel about doing them.
  • Your relationship with the person you care for.
  • If you get enough time for yourself - for example time to get out and about, meet other people and take part in leisure activities.
  • How caring is affecting your mental and physical health.
  • How caring is affecting your relationships with others. 
  • How caring is affecting your education and work life.
  • Whether the person you're caring for is getting enough help.
  • How willing or able you are to carry on caring.
  • What would help make things easier for you.

Get more information on carer's assessments on the NHS website including how to prepare for your assessment.

If you live in Scotland

In Scotland, you will be offered an Adult Carer Support Plan. Your local council may still refer to it as a carer's assessment.

While each council will have their own way of carrying out an Adult Carer Support Plan, they must always cover:

  • The nature and extent of the care you provide, and how this impacts your wellbeing.
  • How willing to able you are to provide care. 
  • Emergency plans.
  • Future care plans. 
  • Information about the support that will be provided to meet your identified needs.
  • Whether your support should include a short break from caring /planned regular breaks from caring.
  • When the plan should be reviewed (and in subsequent reviews what impact the plan has had on achieving your personal outcomes).


Next update due: February 2020