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Carer's assessment

Find out what information, advice and support is available to you as a carer.

What is a carer's assessment?

A carer’s assessment is the best way to look at what support you are giving to someone and what is needed to help you to look after yourself and stay well and safe while you are caring for someone else.  

If you’re feeling less able to cope or if things feel quite difficult for you, an assessment can help.

How to get an assessment

Visit Carers Oxfordshire for the assessment. The website can also help you prepare for your assessment.

If the person you care for does not live in Oxfordshire, you should contact the council covering the area where the person lives. 

Advice and guidance

  • Carers Oxfordshire

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    Carers Oxfordshire is a free service that offers information, advice and support to adult carers of someone living in Oxfordshire.

Requesting a needs assessment for the person you care for

If the person you care for is not receiving any care services, they may benefit from an assessment of their needs.

They have a right to an assessment, regardless of their ability, to pay for the care they need. They may have:

  • sight difficulties
  • hearing difficulties
  • mental health problems
  • frailty because of old age
  • learning disabilities
  • a short-term illness or injury
  • permanent, substantial physical disabilities
  • problems related to the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

You should also be able to contribute to the discussion of the needs of the person you care for so your needs are considered when planning services or options for them.

Joint assessment

If you care for an adult, you can choose to have a joint assessment with the person you care for.

If you care for a child

If you care for a child with a disability, your needs can be considered as part of the family assessment, or you can have a separate carer’s assessment.

Contact Oxfordshire County Council for information about a family assessment.

Service charges

  • There is no charge for an assessment.
  • We do not charge for the services we provide to carers.
  • A charge may be made for services we provide to the person you care for, depending on their financial circumstances. 
  • There are no charges for services for children under 18.