Adult carers' assessment and eligibility
Choices for Care
If you would like information and advice about what support is available for carers without going through a full carer’s assessment, please visit our Choices for Care page.
Choices for Care, provides you with online support to help you to identify the support you need. This includes relevant services from the Live Well directory.
You can also choose to submit the information you provide to the Council’s Adult Social Care service, who will then contact you to consider your situation further.
Under the Care Act, carers are entitled to a carer's assessment. This means you may be able to access information and support to help you look after yourself and carry on caring. The Cheshire East Carers Hub undertakes carer’s assessments on behalf of the Council.
An adult carer’s assessment will look at the different ways that caring affects your life, to understand how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family.
Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be at the heart of this assessment. All the information gathered during your assessment will help us to make a decision as to whether you have eligible needs for support.
After your carer's assessment
We can help to meet your needs and maintain your wellbeing through:
- Information, advice and support services provided by the Carers Hub (including one to one support, monthly coffee and chat groups, special events and activities)
- An application to the Living Well Fund (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria to receive a grant)
- Extra support for the person who is being cared for (such as Respite Care).
Even if you have no eligible needs, there are a range of community services available to you and you will be offered information and advice to support you in your caring role.
If your assessment identifies that you have eligible needs and extra support is required for you and/or the cared for person, then the Council will follow this up with a financial assessment to assess whether you/and or the cared for person will need to contribute financially to the cost of additional support.
It is particularly important to contact Adult Social Care if you are worried about someone’s safety because they are vulnerable or might be being abused.
Forward planning and social care emergencies
During a carers' assessment, there is an opportunity to discuss what plans may be needed if you can't be there to provide support at short notice or in an emergency.