If you are caring for someone else aged 18 or over on a regular basis, without being paid for it, you are entitled to have a carer’s assessment.
The assessment provides you with the opportunity to tell us what support you need to be a carer.
It is beneficial to have your assessment jointly with the person you care for. This allows us to coordinate the care and support that you both need, and means that you only have to tell your story once.
Having a joint assessment will still give you an opportunity to talk in private with the assessor. They will discuss with you the best way to achieve this. You will also still be able to receive your own individual report following the assessment.
Our Community Advice Hubs can help you understand more about carers assessments and how to request one.
Request your carer's assessment
You can request a carer’s assessment either by contacting Carers’ Trust Solihull or:
- email email@example.com
- call 0121 704 8007
You will need to provide the following information:
- your name, contact details and needs as a carer
- the name, address, contact details and care needs of the person you look after
You can have your assessment at a time and place that suits you.
If you have difficulty understanding, remembering or using information, or have difficulty getting your point across, you may want to use an advocate. An advocate is someone who can help you be heard, represent you and support you with your assessment.
The carer's assessment process
During the assessment we’ll ask you about:
- the impact the care and support you provide has on your own wellbeing
- the impact it has on the important elements of your life
- what you want to achieve day to day
- whether you work or want to work
- whether you study or want to study
- whether you want to do more socially
We will also talk about your ability and wishes to carry on with your carer’s role and what changes can be made to allow you continue to provide care and improve your own life.
Solihull resident - Ordinary Residence
This part of the process is to check that the person you care for lives in the borough with what is called ‘Ordinary Residence’ status:
- This finds out which council pays for your support
- Understandably, it can be a complicated process
- However, it is likely the person you care for has lived in Solihull for most of their life and will not be affected by it
For further information, please take a look at:
You can also ask the person completing your assessment with you for a full explanation of the Ordinary Residence provision.
If the person you care for does not ordinarily reside in Solihull, you will be supported by the social care and support team while the appropriate Local Authority is contacted.
Save a copy of the assessment
You can download and open a file or document of the carers assessment to your own computer. Selecting the links below will automatically start the download from the Solihull Council website. Some of these files are very large.
Once the file opens you can save or print it. Please remember that some of these files are very large and may require a lot of paper and black and coloured ink to print successfully.
You can choose to:
- download the Consent to Share Information document
- download the How your budget is decided document
- download the Carers Assessment questions document
- download the Carers Assessment Simple Review questions document
- download the Carers Assessment Full Review questions document
- download the Joint Carers Supplement questions document
What happens after the assessment?
Once your assessment has taken place you will be sent a copy of it. You will also be sent an estimate of your personal budget if you are entitled to receive support from Solihull Care and Support team.
Whether you can receive care and support from Solihull Council will be based on the results of your assessment against the outcomes in the national eligibility criteria.
The amount of your actual care and support budget will be confirmed once your carers support plan has been put together. This allows the costs of your carers support plan to be better understood.
Your care and support plan will be reviewed by Solihull Care and Support services within 6 to 8 weeks. This might take place over the telephone.
Further reviews will take place a minimum of once every 12 months. We will ask if you would like to have a joint review alongside the person you care for. Like with a joint assessment, this will be beneficial in coordinating the care and support for you both.
What if I do not agree with the assessment?
If you do not meet the national eligibility criteria our Adult Social Care team will provide you with information and advice on what community support is available. They will:
- discuss services which you can pay to receive
- explore ways that you might find funding to pay for them
You will always have an opportunity to give feedback about your assessment and, if you disagree with the results, you can ask for this to be looked at again.