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carers assessment, waste of time?

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Hello, great to be back on here, I got fed up with the old site it was so slow.
I am currently fighting my local Social Service for the services originally assessed as being neccessary for my son. I have now taken my challenge to the local Government Ombudsman who asked me if I had had a carers assessment. I said no, because as far as I was aware they were simply another bit of paperwork shoved into a draw and forgotten. Surely the whole point is that if the services the caree needs were supplied then Carers wouldnt need support.
As you can guess I am so very tired of this whole ridiculous scenario. I would love to know if any of you have gained from having a carers assessment.
Hi Daisy,

I am sorry to hear of the battle you are going through regarding your sons needs.You said he was originally assessed to have them, so what has changed if anything,why have SS changed their minds.

Has the Ombudsman gave you an out in such that if you did get a carers assessment that you would be able to get help that way.However,the needs of your son and yourself will differ so much and they are both seperate.

Its a crazy world when even after an assessment and certain needs identified that they are then not put in place.

To get the full picture, would mean asking you many questions and some of them personal to your sons needs,have you considered contacting a local support group for help or ringing the CarersUK helpline.
CarersLine 0808 808 7777

CarersLine is Carers UK's free advice line for carers. It is open on Wednesday and Thursday each week between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. Telephone 0808 808 7777

Hope you are successful with this Daisy.
Can someone please give me some more information on carers assessment as I don't know if i need to get one done.
I have never had a carer's assessment either....at least not that I'm aware of. What does it entail and who does it?
I'd be grateful for any advice also.

Love your Donny picture Debby...nice to meet a fellow fan!

Love Kaydee
Hi kaydee
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Follow this link to the Carers UK page on their own publications - the bottom of the page has the link you need to an information booklet about carers assessments.

But remember that the Carers Assessment needs you to think about YOUR needs - not the needs of the person you care for - and to plan for emergencies. These are the two most important aspects of a carers assessment and for that reason if no other you should ask for one.
Hi Debbie

There's a section on our site all about Carers assessments:

http://www.carersuk.org/Information/Hel ... smentguide

And like Charles said we also have a booklet available (How do I get help? Carers' Assessments Made Clear) which you can download (http://www.carersuk.org/Information/Ord ... tsbooklets) or order a paper copy.

Hope this helps

Thank you I'll go and have a look now.
My mums has had a social worker where we discussed her needs and mine,at the moment things are fine we get direct payments. However mum fell and broke her ribs in january they also found she ahs a hernia. Panic stations all around, for 5 weeks my hours increased looking after mum. would it be helpful to have a carers assessment done or do think they are aware of my needs.
Catwhit I would almost always recommend a carers assessment.

Any other assessment only really looks at the situation from the point of view of the person you're caring for, while a carers assessment looks at your needs, your situation and your workload. It's a chance to say "when things go wrong I need help with..." or "I can't do...." - and if it's something that needs to be done, then someone else will have to do it.

Carers UK has a really useful booklet about carers assessments and gives lots of useful advice about preparing for one. I often use it when I'm talking to carers about what happens at an assessment.