A carer's assessment is simply a discussion with you that will help us understand the physical, emotional and practical impact that caring has on your life and to ensure that your needs are taken into account. This can be carried out at the same time as the assessment of the person you care for, or can be done separately and privately.

How a carer's assessment might help you

If you provide care and support to an adult friend or family member, you may be eligible for support, such as a direct payment to spend on the things that make caring easier; or practical support, like arranging for someone to step in when you need a short break.

When to request a carer's assessment

You can ask for a carer's assessment at any time.

Information, advice and support for carers

If you don't want a carer's assessment but you are looking for advice and information about local support, contact Carers Count , who provide this service on behalf of the Council.

They are the first place for carer's to turn to ask questions about being a carer, health, and care support.

After speaking to an advisor at Carers Count they may identify that you need a carers assessment and can support you through this.

How you are assessed

We will give you a choice of how you would like your assessment carried out:

You can ask for a:

  • Self assessment - this is where you choose to complete the form by yourself. We will send the form to you, so you can fill it in and return it to us.
  • Assisted assessment - this is where you would like someone to help you complete the form. This person does not have to be from Kirklees Council, it could be a friend, neighbour, family member, or advocate.

Request a carer's assessment

You can request a carer's assessment by using our Gateway to care referral form.

Fill in our simple online form.

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After you've applied

We'll look at your Carer Assessment and aim to contact you within 28 days to discuss it and see what help and support we can offer you. If we think we need to contact you urgently we will

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