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There are three questions we will consider for carers:
If the answer to all three questions is yes, then you will have eligible needs for care and support.
When considering question 1 we may decide that the care you provide is not necessary.
For example, we may think that the person you care for can reasonably be expected do the things that you are doing for them.
Alternatively, we may decide that your needs or problems are the result of something other than your caring role.
These are the statements we will look at in question 2:
You are assessed as being “unable” to do these things if:
When looking at the impact on your wellbeing we will think about things like personal dignity, control over your day to day life, relationships with other people, having suitable accommodation, protection from abuse and neglect and taking part in education, work or social activities.
We might think the impact on your wellbeing is “significant” if it will have an important or a major effect on your daily life and independence.
If your needs change or vary from time to time because of your health or situation, we will consider this when making decisions about whether you are eligible for support.
After the assessment we will write to and explain our decision and the reasons behind it.
If you have eligible needs we will work with you to plan your support as explained in the next section.
If you do not have needs that are eligible we will give you information and advice about what support is available to help you. For example, this could be from local charities or voluntary organisations.