Carers are entitled to a Carers assessment, carried out by Social Services, in their own right. This is independent of whether or not the person you are caring for has a Social Care assessment. To be eligible for an assessment you must be providing substantial and regular care. This does not mean that you have to be living with the person that you are caring for.
The Carers Assessment is an opportunity for you as the Carer to express your needs and wishes. It allows you to state whether or not you wish to continue Caring. It may highlight the need for extra equipment in the home, for example a hoist or bath aids, so that you as the Carer, do not get a back injury from moving and handling. You can also discuss your needs regarding work, study and leisure activities, or a short term respite break.
If you have been caring for sometime and your circumstances have changed, you
are entitled to ask for a re-assessment. For further information go to the Surrey County Council website or Carersnet