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Who can get an assessment
You’re a carer if you’re looking after a friend or family member who isn't able to look after themselves and needs care because of:
- a long-term illness
- a disability
- mental health problems
- old age
- alcohol or drug abuse
You must not be:
- paid to do the care
- doing the care as part of your work for a voluntary organisation
If you’re an adult caring for a disabled child, you can get help through Children's Services.
Who can get help from us
You must be all of these:
- 18 years old or over
- looking after someone who lives in Leicestershire
- looking after or intending to look after another adult unpaid
We will look at 3 key things to decide if someone qualifies for help from us. They must meet all 3 of these conditions:
- the needs arise as a consequence of providing necessary care for an adult
- the effect of the carer’s needs is that any of the circumstances specified in the Eligibility Regulations apply to the carer
- as a consequence of that fact there is, or there is likely to be, a significant impact on the carer’s wellbeing
As a result of the carer’s needs, either the carer’s physical or mental health is, or is at risk of, deteriorating or the carer is unable to achieve any of the following outcomes:
- carrying out any caring responsibilities the carer has for a child
- providing care to other persons for whom the carer provides care
- maintaining a habitable home environment
- managing and maintaining nutrition
- developing and maintaining family or other significant personal relationships
- accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
- making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including recreational facilities or services
- engaging in recreational activities
Impact on wellbeing
As a consequence, there is or is likely to be a significant impact on the carer’s wellbeing, including:
- personal dignity (including treatment of the individual with respect)
- physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
- protection from abuse and neglect
- control by the individual over day-to-day life (including over care and support provided and the way it is provided)
- participation in work, education, training or recreation
- social and economic wellbeing
- domestic, family and personal relationships
- suitability of living accommodation
- the individual’s contribution to society
'The Care Act: easy-read version' gives more details.
Ask for an assessment
You can get an assessment even if the person you’re looking after doesn’t get help from us.
We may do your assessment alongside an assessment of what help the person you’re caring for needs. You can ask for a carer’s assessment even if the person you look after won’t agree to an assessment.
You can get someone who is independent of the council to help you during your assessment.
After the assessment
We will give you a copy of your assessment.
Not eligible for help
If you’re not eligible for help from us, we will give you information and advice about where you can get the help you want.
Eligible for help
If you’re eligible for help from us, we will discuss with you:
- what help we can give
- what you want to arrange for yourself
We will agree a care and support plan with you.
Some of the help we offer you may come from community groups and organisations that we’ve arranged to help you.