Are you a carer?


Who is a carer?  and what is a definition of a carer? 




noun: carer; plural noun: carers


a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person.​

at some point 3 in 5 people will become carers for a loved one !

What is a carer’s assessment?

A carer’s assessment is for adult carers of adults (over 18 years) who are disabled, ill or elderly. It is an opportunity to discuss with the local council what support or services you need.


The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for example, physical, mental and emotional needs, the effects on your lifestyle (work, study & leisure) and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring.


Who can have a carer’s assessment?


Any carer who appears to have needs for support should be offered an assessment by the local council.


As a carer you will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your level of need for support.


You can have an assessment whether or not the person you care for has had a needs assessment, or if the local council have decided they are not eligible for support.


If you and the person you care for agree, a combined assessment of both your needs can be undertaken at the same time.


If you are sharing caring responsibilities with another person, or more than one person, including a child under 18, you can each have a carer’s assessment.


You don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have a carer’s assessment. You may be juggling work and care and this is having a big impact on your life.


How do you get a carer’s assessment?


As a carer you should be offered an assessment by the local council adult social services department of the person you care for.


If you have not been offered one, you should contact them by phone, in writing or on-line, and ask for a carer’s assessment or for a review of your support plan

The NHS provides carers information and a quick carers self assessment - click the link below

NHS Carer Page

Click below for your local assessment application contact

Kent County Council Assessment Application

Medway Council Assessment Application

(if it has been a year since your last one, or less than a year but your circumstances have changed re-apply).


(If you want to, you can ask for an assessment before you take up your caring role.)

£132 Billion per year is the economic value/savings made by carers in the UK

What is "Regular looks after" mean?


Here are just some task that can define you as a carer but not limited to -


– personal care – showering, dressing, toileting
– meal preparation
– transport to appointments
– social support and companionship
– domestic assistance
– medication prompts

Any of these or a combination of all makes you a carer

Support from carers save the public purse £15.1 Million PER HOUR

Who are Young  Carers?

Young carers are children under 18 with caring responsibilities.


Their rights to be assessed come mostly from the Children’s Act 1989 and the Children and Families Act 2014, and as part of the whole family approach, if there is a disabled adult being cared for, then the local council has a duty to consider whether there are any children involved in providing that care, and if so, what the impact is on that child.


The local council have a duty to assess ‘on the appearance of need’ (ie without a ‘request’ having to be made) and the assessment must involve the child with caring responsibilities, their parents and any other person the young carer requests in the assessment process.

The assessment must look at:


whether or not the young carer wishes to continue caring, and whether it is appropriate for them to continue caring


any education, training, work or recreational activities the young carer is or wishes to participate in Where a young carer’s eligible needs are identified as requiring support,


local councils will have to:


provide support directly to the young carer




demonstrate that the ‘cared for person’s’ assessment has provided adequate care and support to prevent inappropriate care being required from the young carer


Local councils are also encouraged to consider combining the assessments of people within the same family, for example those of the carer and cared for, so that the assessments are linked and complimentary.