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There are many different sources of support for you as a carer. In addition to your local council, these include:
Under the Care Act 2014 Essex County Council has a responsibility to assess a carer's needs for support, where the carer appears to have such needs.
An assessment will involve a conversation about you, your health, and your well-being. The council will assess whether you need help to stay healthy, or do the things you'd like to do. The assessment will consider the impact of caring on your day-to-day life, and will consider the things that you want to achieve. Other important issues will also be considered, such as 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.
When the assessment is complete, the council will consider your situation in according to the national eligibility criteria for carer support.
You can ask for a carer's assessment whatever stage you may be at in your caring role.
The council recognises that the role of a carer changes over time. You can therefore contact them again to explain that things have changed, and that your support may need to be re-assessed.
Yes if the person you care for lives in Essex. You can also ask for an assessment for the person you care for if you want to.
The person you are caring for doesn't have to be known to the Council. You can still contact them to discuss your situation and support needs.
Everyone who gives unpaid care and and has some need for support can request an individual carers assessment. They do not have to be done together, but sometimes it will be better to do a combined assessment.
You don't need the permission of the person you are caring for to request a carer's assessment. You are entitled to ask for one in your own right.
Each person's situation is different. The cost would either be covered by the council, or a contribution would need to be paid by the person receiving the care. You as a carer cannot be charged for any support provided directly to the person you care for, even if it helps you take a break.
Support to carers is not means tested, and Essex County Council has made a decision not to charge carers for support services. As part of the assessment we may talk to you about the impact that caring has on your financial position, and there may be some benefits you are entitled to claim. Find out more about this in our Carer Benefits section.
Over the last 2 years, Essex County Council and the NHS have worked together with carers who live in Essex to develop a new approach for supporting carers, and the result is the Carers Strategy 2015-2020 This strategy tells you what the council and NHS are going to do for carers, and the changes they would like to see over the next five years.
A new free service is now provided by Essex County Council in collaboration with Action for Family Carers and Age UK Essex. This online service helps family, friends, and volunteers come together to support a loved one who may be in need of some support at home. If you are caring for someone, you can set up an online network of people who can all chip in and help with different jobs. Together you can all list the different things which need doing, and work as a team to make sure your loved one gets the help they need. You can also receive text or email reminders and notifications when tasks are completed. This service can really give peace of mind to loved ones, and can make it easier for someone to ask for, or offer help.
For more information, and to watch a video about how this works, visit the Essex Rally Round website.
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