State of Caring Carers UK State of Caring 2017 Report - Page 17

STATE OF CARING REPORT 2017 Waiting for an assessment Experience of receiving an assessment 68% of carers in England reported having received a carer’s assessment in the last 12 months. Of these, 8 out of 10 people (81%) waited less than six months, with almost one in five (19%) waiting longer than six months. Overall, this appears to be an improvement on last year, when half of carers (50%) who had been offered a carer’s assessment or had requested one, reported receiving an assessment within 6 months. Of the 68% of carers in England who said they had received a carer’s assessment in the last 12 months, over half (55%) said their ability and willingness to provide care was either not properly considered in their assessment or in the support they received (19%) or that they received some but insufficient consideration (36%). Only a third (35%) felt that the support needed to look after their own mental and physical health alongside caring was thoroughly considered and reflected in the assessment process and subsequent consideration. A third (33%) felt that their need to have regular breaks from caring was thoroughly considered and reflected in the support they receive. There were variations between different groups of carers. Of those who received an assessment in the last 12 months, 84% of older carers and 80% of those who provide care for more than 50 hours a week reported waiting for less than six months for their assessment. However, over a third (39%) of those caring for children with a disability reported having to wait more than six months to receive their carers assessment. Sandwich carers and people caring for someone with a mental health condition were also more likely to have waited more than 6 months, with 25% of people in both groups reporting this. The Care Act in England brings in new rights around assessments for carers, but responses from carers show that this does not necessarily mean carers are getting the support the assessment identified them needing in practice. Even when carers reported that the assessment was thoroug