If you regularly provide a substantial amount of care for your friend or relative, and your caring role is impacting on your life, you have the legal right to ask social services to carry out a Carer's Assessment.
It is your opportunity to tell social services about the things that could make caring easier for you and to talk about any concerns you may have about the future.
Social services use the assessment to decide what help to provide.
If you have already had an assessment but your caring situation has changed, you have the right to ask for a review.
You have the right to have a Carer's Assessment away from the person you care for if it is easier for you to talk openly and honestly about your caring situation.
For more information about Carers' Assessments see our Factsheet G3: Carers Assessments.