If you are over 18 and look after a partner, family member or a friend with an illness or disability on an ongoing basis, you are a carer.
Some people choose to become a carer, but others find themselves in this situation as a result of circumstances. This can occur at any age and can have a major effect on an individuals life.
Ask for a Carer's Assessment
If you are a carer, you can ask for a carer's assessment from Rutland County Council to look at how caring affects you and the sort of help you will need.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01572 722 577.
A Carer's Assessment can help you understand your situation and get the right help when you need it. Your assessmet will be led by you and go at your own pace and will be tailored to your needs and goals.
It will look at your strengths and challenges, and the things you want to achieve in your day to day life. For example, it will look at whether you are able or willing to carry on caring, whether you work or want to work, and whether you want to study or do more socially.
If you want to, you can complete a self-assessment or you may be able to complete your assessments over the telephone. If you and the person you care for both agree, you can have a joint assessment.
After your Assessment
If you are eligible for help from the Council, they will agree with you what support you need and how your needs will be met. You might be able to get help with:
- Housework or Gardening
- Transport and getting around
The Person you look after might also be able to get help such as:
- Changes to the home such as a stairlift or level access shower.
- Equipment such as a hoist or grab rail.
- A temporary stay in residential care to give you a break.
You might also be able to get financial support to help you look after your own wellbeing alongside caring.
Whether or not you are eligible, they will also be able to put you touch will other local organisations that can help.