Once registered with us we will contact you to talk about your situation. An initial assessment will help us to work out what can be done to make life easier for you. An assessment is not a test about how good you are at caring. It is to work out what can be done to make life easier for you.
We can have this conversation over the phone, face to face, at your GP surgery or somewhere that’s right for you. We will then work with you, health and social care providers, and colleagues in other charities across Wiltshire to find the support that’s right for you.
Am I entitled to an assessment or support?
Yes you are. To have an assessment and access support it doesn’t matter what type of caring you do, how much caring you do, what your income is, if you have savings or own your home, or if you live with the person you care for, or not.
Your right to a carer’s assessment is included in the The Care Act 2014 (England) and Children and Families Act 2014 (England). You can find out more about carers’ assessments on NHS Choices https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support/carers-assessment/
Have you registered with your GP?
Many GP surgeries offer Carers Clinics where you can go along for routine health checks. Ask your local surgery to see if they have one. If you haven’t registered as a carer with your GP, it’s a good idea to do so as soon as you can.