Local Authority Carers Assessment

If you have a partner / family member or friend who provides you with regular unpaid physical and / or emotional support, they're a 'carer'. As you will no doubt agree, their health and wellbeing is important and, if they haven't done so already, they may want to request a carer's assessment from your LA (Local Authority) to see if they can get support for their caring role. Anyone is entitled to a carer's assessment if they regularly provide a substantial amount of care for someone. They can get a carer's assesment regardless of whether the person they care for is having / has had their needs assessed.

The kind of help and support they could get includes:

  • alternative support for you to give them a break
  • information on local carers support groups
  • help for the carer, for example household tasks
  • equipment to help them in their caring role.

They may also be entitled to a personal budget that the LA has calculated will cover their needs, depending on the support needs identified in the assessment.

In some areas, another organistion may complete carer's assessments on behalf of the LA, but your carer still has to contact your LA to ask for the assessment.

If you're not sure which LA you come under, type your postcode into the search bar here: www.gov.uk/find-local-council

You can find further information on making this request from Carers UK:

Age UK also provides helpful information: www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/helping-a-loved-one/getting-a-carers-assessment

You may also want to see the Carer's Allowance section.

Getting Ready For A Carer's Assessment

Before the assessment, it may be helpful for your carer to keep a diary of day and night tasks for a week and record:

  • What care they give you. Make sure to record details of the time all these tasks take them on your worst day. A blank diary template is available here.
  • How they manage to maintain your home and look after any other family members - how they organise this each day; the time it takes them to do tasks such as shop, cook, clear up, do housework, take children to and from school etc. 

Write down:

  • How their caring role has impacted on their work or education - have they had to reduce their hours? Have they had to have time off?
  • What impact caring has had on their sleep and any leisure time they had. Do they get any breaks?
  • What impact caring has had on them emotionally and psychologically.

Your medical team should provide you with information about your condition that you can pass on. If, though, you would like more help with explaining the impact of your SMA, or any other support preparing for or during a carer's assessment, please don't hesitate to contact SMA UK.

Page last updated: July 2019