One of the ways the council can help you is through giving you a carer's assessment. A carer's assessment is a conversation with a trained representative of the council.
A carer's assessment is not a test of your caring abilities, it's a conversation to understand how caring affects your day-to-day life and work out what the council can do to help you.
This might include a personal budget to use for your caring needs, free training or connecting to local support.
How do I arrange a carer's assessment?
Contact Essex County Council Adult Social Care on 0345 603 7630.
You can have an assessment on your own, or with the person you care for.
How does it take place?
The assessment can take place over the telephone, or it might be a face to face meeting.
All relevant information will be written down and agreed in a document called a care and support plan. This states the care and support needs, and also outlines how these needs can be met.
Who can have a carer's assessment?
Anyone can ask for a carer's assessment. Local authorities have a legal duty to assess any carer who requests one.
You don't have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment.
If you are a parent carer of a disabled child under 18 you have a right to a carer's assessment. Read more on our page about parent carers of disabled children.
Young carer's assessment
If you're under 18 and you look after someone in your family who is ill or disabled, or who uses drugs or alcohol, then you're a young carer. You are also eligible for a carer's assessment. For more information see:
For more information on carers assessments, visit: