1 What is an assessment?
A County Council social care assessment is a free service that helps us identify what your specific needs are so that together we can decide whether you need support.
It focuses on areas that are important in your circumstances, such as:
- health and wellbeing
- personal care
- whether you can look after yourself
- family or other personal relationships
- daily activities
- any caring responsibilities.
Where appropriate, we will also gather information about your finances.
Before having an assessment you can also complete a self-assessment to help you think about your situation, whether or not you decide to ask us for help.
3 Assessment for family and friend carers
The self-assessment for family and friend carers is designed to help people who provide unpaid care to a relative, friend or neighbour. It aims to help you think about your personal circumstances - what is working well in your life and what needs to change.
Although you do not have to, it can be useful to complete a self-assessment form to help you think about your situation and before contacting us to ask about support.Complete a carers' assessment online (external link)
Carers Support West Sussex will receive completed online and paper copies of self-assessments, as they carry out the majority of carers' assessments on our behalf. A member of their staff will contact you after you submit your form.
If you provide unpaid care to a relative, friend or neighbour you are entitled to an assessment of your needs even if the person you care for has not been assessed, or is not receiving services from us. An assessment is free of charge.
If you have completed a carers' self-assessment, what you have told us will be included in your assessment.