Who can have a Carers Assessment?
You must be an adult providing care and support to an adult (18 years +) who is living in the local area served by Southampton City Council and who is disabled, ill or elderly.  The first part of the process is an on-line self-assessment (scroll down page for link). 

Why should you do a Carers Assessment?
A Carers Assessment aims to identify your needs as a carer.  It should pinpoint what help and support you might need in maintaining your own health and well-being, while continuing your caring role.  

All carers can access information and advice.  Additionally, based on the needs identified in your assessment, you may be eligible for any of the following:

  • Support and services
  • A personal budget*

* A personal budget is for carers to spend on something that will benefit themselves as carers e.g. social outings, gym membership, beauty treatments or in specific circumstances, replacement care (someone to provide cover while you are out).

Not looking after an adult?
Click here if you are a parent carer of a child under 18

Filling this out for someone else?
If you are assisting someone else to complete the Carers Assessment then they must be present in person or via telephone during completion to ensure accurate information is provided and to provide consent. 

Wish to refer someone?
Please complete a referral form here

No online access?
If you or someone you are referring does not have online access you can phone Carers in Southampton on 023 8058 2387 or email [email protected]

How to prepare for the assessment
Before the assessment it may help to write a day-to-day diary of your caring tasks, to remind you how much you do and to think about how you will answer the questions.  During the assessment you will be asked about: 

  • Your personal and family situation and history including existing support and things that are working well.
  • The details of the care and support you provide and the parts you think are most important.
  • What, if any, support you receive from others e.g. family members, community, GP.
  • Your living situation including challenges with finances, transport, cooking, shopping, cleaning etc.
  • Other caring responsibilities e.g. for children or other family members.
  • Impact of your caring role on your family, social life and work.
  • Impact of your caring role on your mental wellbeing and physical health.
  • Your ability to continue your role.
  • Details of the people you care for.

You can download a more detailed guide 
to the questions here: Carers Guide to Carers Assessment 

Please use the link below which will take you to Southampton City Council’s website to register (step 1) and complete the assessment (step 2). Please allow at least 1 hour to do this.  When completing it please remember to complete all information about yourself as the carer, and not about the person you care for. 

By clicking the link below you will leave the Carers in Southampton website and fill in the online assessment form at the Southampton City Council website.  If you have any problems with this process please phone us so we can help.  We will only know about the problems if you tell us.  Phone: 023 8058 2387

Clicking here takes you to the SCC website to register and fill out a carers assessment

After you have completed the online form, you will be phoned by an assessor at Carers in Southampton.  They will talk through your responses, give you the results of your eligibility and let you know what happens next.

You can find more information on Carers Assessments at this Carers UK page: http://bit.ly/2hxxPaR