Assessment for care and support in England

6. Carer's eligibility criteria

The below summarises the three main criteria that a carer must meet to be eligible for funded support.

  1. The carer's needs arise due to providing necessary care.
  2. The effect of the carer's needs result in either: the carer's physical or mental health deteriorating (or being at risk of deteriorating); the carer is unable to achieve any of the following without assistance or where this causes pain, distress and anxiety; or they are putting themselves or others in danger:
  •  carry out caring responsibilities the carer has for a child
  •  provide care to other persons they provide care to maintain a habitual home environment - be able to keep their home safe and in an appropriate way to live and have essential amenities such as gas and water
  • manage and maintain their own nutrition - have time to go shopping and prepare meals for themselves and their family
  • develop and maintain family or other significant relationships
  • engage in work, training, education or volunteering - be able to continue in their job or get a job; if not, be able to partake in education or volunteering (if they wish)
  • make use of necessary facilities or services in the local community - have the opportunity to use local services, eg go to the gym or swimming pool
  • engage in recreational activities - have leisure time, eg some free time to read a book, or engage in a hobby.

Due to the effect of the above there is, or is likely to be, a significant impact on the carer's wellbeing.