If you are looking after a friend or relative living in Islington and would like some support, the best way to start is to complete a self-assessment online. Once you have submitted this we will contact you to discuss what you have told us and options for care and support.
Qualifying for a carer's assessment
Anyone who is aged over 18 and caring for someone who lives in Islington can request a carer's assessment. The person you are caring for doesn't need to be receiving support from social services and you don't need their permission to request a carer’s assessment.
What is considered during the assessment
A carer’s assessment will look at the different ways caring affects your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. It should cover your caring role, your feelings about caring, your physical, mental and emotional health and how caring affects your work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships.
The assessment will look at a number of things, including your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. This means that you will be able to explain how caring for someone is affecting your life and what could make things better for you and the person you look after.
Eligibility for support from the council
When assessing the needs of carers, we use a similar approach to that used for adults with care and support needs. We decide whether any carer's needs are eligible for support from the council by using the national eligibility criteria. There are three criteria, all of which must be met for a carer's needs to be eligible for support.
The carer's eligibility is based on identifying:
- Whether a carer’s needs are a consequence of providing necessary care for an adult
- To what extent the carer’s needs affect their ability to achieve specified outcomes, or put their health at risk
- Whether and to what extent this impacts on their wellbeing
Caring for a disabled child
If you care for a disabled child, a carer's assessment may be done as part of an assessment of the needs of your child and family.
For advice on which specialist team you should speak to, contact Islington Children’s Services on 020 7527 7400.
Advice and support for carers
Islington Council provides advice and support for carers that enables you to provide better care.
Young carers are children and young people under the age of 25 whose life is restricted by the need to take responsibility for the care of someone.
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