Any carer who appears to have a need for support should be offered a carer’s assessment by the local authority.

If you care for somebody who has received a diagnosis of dementia you are entitled to a carer's assessment by the local authority. They will assess your needs as a carer and work with you to understand if there is any provision or support which may help you.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Regional offerings

Carers Charters and Toolkits for Greater Manchester

We believe all carers have a right to be respected, valued and supported, equally in their caring role, as experts for their cared for and as individuals in their own right.
Carers charter:
Greater Manchester working carer toolkit:

Dementia Carers Expert Reference Group (DCERG)

Working with Dementia United to ensure the carers voice is central for influencing policy and commissioning for dementia care and support.

National offerings

Age UK

Age UK is the country's leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. Providing advice, support, information, fundraising, local services
Telephone: Advice line 0800 678 1602 free to call 8am - 7pm 365 days of the year

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society provides reliable and up to date information to help you with every aspect of living with dementia.
Telephone: National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122. Open 9.00am. – 5.00pm. Monday to Friday & 10.00am. – 4.00pm. Saturday and Sunday.

Carers Allowance

The main benefit for carers is called Carer's Allowance and it's worth £67.60 (April 2021 – March 2022) to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs.
Telephone: contact The Carers Allowance Unit on: 0800 731 0297.

Carers UK

Caring will affect us all at some point in our lives. We'll be here for you when that happens. With your help, we can be there for the 6,000 people who start looking after someone each day.
Telephone: 020 7378 4999

Dementia Carers Count

Provide free carers courses, support and connecting carers up with a wider network, offer a virtual carers centre.

Together In Dementia Everyday (TIDE)

Providing resources e.g. Life Story work, dealing with living grief, legal information, As well providing a carers development programme, supporting and connecting up carers, sharing of stories - for family members and carers of people living with dementia.


Carers UK (2020) Assessments. Your guide to getting help and support in England: "As a carer you will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your level of need or support. You can have an assessment whether or not the person you care for has had a needs assessment, or if the local council have decide they are not eligible for support."

The Care Act 2014, Part 1, Assessing needs, Section 10. Carers:

Assessment of a carer's needs for support;

  • Where it appears to a local authority that a carer may have needs for support (whether currently or in the future), the authority must assess:
    • whether the carer does have needs for support (or is likely to do so in the future), and
    • if the carer does, what those needs are (or are likely to be in the future).
  • The duty to carry out a carer's assessment applies regardless of the authority's view of:
    • the level of the carer's needs for support, or
    • the level of the carer's financial resources or of those of the adult needing care.
  • A carer's assessment must include an assessment of:
    • whether the carer is able, and is likely to continue to be able, to provide care for the adult needing care,
    • whether the carer is willing, and is likely to continue to be willing, to do so,
    • the impact of the carer's needs for support on the matters specified in section 1(2),
    • the outcomes that the carer wishes to achieve in day-to-day life, and
    • whether, and if so to what extent, the provision of support could contribute to the achievement of those outcomes.
  • A local authority, in carrying out a carer's assessment, must have regard to:
    • whether the carer works or wishes to do so, and
    • whether the carer is participating in or wishes to participate in education, training or recreation.
  • A local authority, in carrying out a carer's assessment, must involve:
    • the carer, and
    • any person whom the carer asks the authority to involve.
  • When carrying out a carer's assessment, a local authority must also consider:
    • whether, and if so to what extent, matters other than the provision of support could contribute to the achievement of the outcomes that the carer wishes to achieve in day-to-day life, and
    • whether the carer would benefit from the provision of anything under section 2 or 4 or of anything which might be available in the community.

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