What defines a carer
A carer is anyone who cares for a friend or relative with an illness or disability without being paid.
So, if you're looking after someone due to long-term illness, disability, a mental health or substance misuse issue, you're probably a carer.
This care could be round-the-clock or for a few hours a week.
About the carer's assessment
It’s free to anyone living in Islington.
The assessment shows if there's extra support that can make caring easier for you.
Support can include:
- carers holiday break fund
- meeting carers groups
- benefits advice and support through direct payments
- carers emergency card
Information about the carer's assessment
The best way to find out everything you need to know about the carers assessment is on the NHS and the Age UK websites.
They have great information about:
- definition of a carer
- what happens in a carer's assessment
Eligibility for a carer's assessment
To be eligible, you need to be over 18, living in Islington and caring for a friend or relative unpaid.
The person you care for doesn’t need to be getting support from social services.
You also don’t need their permission for a carer’s assessment.
The assessment doesn’t include parents of young people under 18 years or carers of people with mental disabilities
Apply for a carer's assessment
The best way to see if you're eligible for support is using this online self-assessment form.Get a carer's assessment online
Or you can telephone 0207 527 2299