If you provide care and support to an adult friend or family member you may be eligible for support from the Council.

A carer's assessment is an opportunity to discuss with Adult Services what support or services you need. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for example, physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring.

What this is used for

A carers assessment is designed to help you to:

  • identify your support needs as a carer
  • guide you to a list of independent support providers who may be able to meet those needs

It also looks at:

  • your willingness and ability to continue to provide care
  • your own health and wellbeing
  • the impact caring has on your own life
  • whether you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to
  • the impact caring has on remaining in or wanting to access, work, training and education or leisure services
  • maintaining relationships with family and friends
  • other family commitments

Carer's eligibility criteria

When assessing the needs of carers, we will decide whether any carers needs are eligible for support from the council by using the national eligibility criteria.

There are three criteria, all of which must be met for a carers needs to be eligible for support.

Carer's eligibility is based on identifying:

  1. Whether the carers needs for support arise because they are providing care to an adult and the care is 'necessary'.
  2. Whether the carers physical or mental health is either deteriorating or at risk of doing so or the carer is unable to achieve at least one of the following outcomes:
    • carrying out responsibilities for a child;
    • caring for others;
    • maintaining a habitable home;
    • managing/maintaining nutrition;
    • developing/maintaining family or other personal relationships;
    • engaging in work, leisure, training, volunteering, education;
    • making use of necessary or recreational facilities;
    • engaging in recreational activities.
  3. Whether the impact of the carers inability to achieve one or more of the above has a significant impact on their well-being.

Carers can be eligible for support whether or not the adult for whom they care has eligible needs.

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.

After an assessment

At the end of your assessment, if you meet the national eligibility for care and support criteria, our aim will be to:

  • look at what our prevention services can offer in the first instance in your role as carer
  • discuss with you what is important to you and what will enable you to keep well and safe
  • consider what support will be of most benefit to you
  • consider whether a personal budget will enable you get the support you are eligible for.

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.

Clock Completing this form take around 5 minutes.

PaperclipTo complete this form you will need an email address.

Contact us online

An assessment will take place within 28 days of it being requested. If your situation is very urgent and you are in crisis or serious risk of harm, we will aim to see you within 24 hours.

Other ways to request an assessment

You can request an assessment over the phone

  • Phone 01484 414933 (24 hours a day 7 days a week)
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