If you live in Gateshead and regularly care for someone aged 18 or over, you should ask Gateshead Council for a Carer’s Assessment. The social services department will look into your situation to see what your needs are and if you’re entitled to any services that will make your caring role easier. The assessment is your opportunity to tell the social services what impact caring has on your life.
Things to think about when taking a Carer’s Assessment
- Do you get enough sleep?
- Is your health affected by your caring role?
- Are you able to leave the person you care for?
- Do you work and are worried about having to give your job up?
- Do you get enough time to spend on yourself?
You may also want to mention how caring has affected your health, work or other activities and commitments. The assessment will also discuss what you’d need to know in an emergency, as well as what support is available to help you get back into work, take part in leisure activities and improve your own health and wellbeing. The assessment only gathers information about the carer’s needs.
How to request an Assessment
To request a Carer’s Assessment you must contact Adult Social Care Direct using the details below.
Adult Social Care Direct, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Tel: 0191 433 7033 or visit : https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/1819/Adult-social-care
For further information about adult social care in Gateshead please visit https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/1819/Adult-social-care
What happens next?
Once the assessment has been carried out social services will decide what support or services you require. If the outcome of the assessment is that services will be provided to help you, carers have the right to ask for Direct Payments instead of having the service arranged by social services. Direct Payments mean that carers are able to choose who provides the service they require rather than taking what social services has to offer. This gives carers more freedom of choice and the ability to manage their own finances more effectively.
Here to help you!
Completing a Carer’s Assessment may seem like a daunting task but we can offer carers a personal support service to make sure your assessment is an accurate measure of your caring needs. You can ask one of our Support Workers to be present when you go through your Carer’s Assessment with social services, which can be done at your home or at a time and place of your convenience.
Please get in touch if you would like to talk to someone about taking a Carer’s Assessment or would like to discuss any other aspect of your caring role. Call 0191 4900121 or get in touch here.