SCIE Report 40: Keeping personal budgets personal: learning from the experiences of older people, people with mental health problems and their carers

Assessment and resource allocation

Carers' assessments

The situation with carers' assessments was extremely mixed. Several had received a separate assessment, some knew what a carer's assessment was but did not recall having one, while others did not know about them at all or were unclear about the whole experience. A number of carers had received a one-off carer's grant, although they were not always clear that this was as a result of having had a carer's assessment. Carers did, however, understand that the grant was quite separate from the personal budget (and any provision for respite included in it) and that it was intended to support or assist the carer in some way. Carers had used their grants for a variety of purposes, most often to enable them to have a break or time to do something for themselves.

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