As a carer you have the right to ask for a carer’s assessment. This will look at the impact your caring responsibilities have on your life and what social care support you might be eligible for.
Slough Borough Council and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Community Mental Health Team have changed their approach as to how carers will be supported to have an assessment locally. They will meet their statutory duties to carers by moving away from a traditional assessment towards a more inclusive strength based conversation.
It adopts a tiered conversation approach that will be dependent on needs of the carer and aims to:
- support people to recognise that they are a carer
- start by discussing with carers what they can do with their skills and available resources
- support carers to maximise their relationships with friends, family, other people and organisations in their communities to help them in their caring role.