How to Identify a Carer

During your work there may be several opportunities to identify carers. Any interaction with a person with care and support needs is an opportunity to identify a carer, including:

  • GP appointments
  • Vaccination appointments
  • Home visits
  • Outpatient appointments
  • Transfer to and from hospital
  • Social care and other needs assessments
  • Admission and discharge assessments/planning

Try to avoid making assumptions about a person’s situation and ask the person with care and support needs whether anyone gives them help or support (apart from paid carers/practitioners). It is important to remember that:

  • Carers may not be family members or may not live with the person
  • There may be more than one carer supporting that person
  • The carer and the cared for may not realise that they are a carer and able to have support in this role

With the carers consent, record details about carers who have been identified.