Carer Support Services

Information for Carers - Carer’s Assessments

As a carer, you are entitled to a carer's assessment, which is separate from the assessment of support needs for the person you care for. It's carried out to identify your needs as a carer. It may result in support for you to help with your caring role.  Orkney Health and Care may provide some of this support to you, depending on an eligibility assessment.

You are a carer if you provide substantial and regular unpaid care for someone who could be a:

You may spend a lot of time regularly caring for someone. Even if you don't provide many hours of care, you can still ask for an assessment if your caring role has an impact on your life.

The worker involved with assessing the person you care for will offer you an assessment- it is up to you whether you accept this offer now or later or not at all. In any case, you can ask for an assessment before you begin caring for someone or at any point after you've started a caring role.

Young carers and young adult carers can also have a carer's assessment.

Depending on whether you meet our eligibility criteria for a paid service, we may fund support to you or we may refer you on to local third sector organisations who can offer support.

To discuss a Carer’s assessment please contact the Adult Social Work Duty Team on the number shown below, between 09:00 and 13:00, or email your enquiry to the email address below. The duty worker will give you basic information and arrange for an appointment for you with your own assessor.

You can also speak to the worker who is assessing the person you care for.

Contact Details

Duty Worker, Adult Social Work Duty team.

Telephone: 01856873535 (between 09:00 and 13:00).

Email: Crossroads Orkney

Do you know what carer support services are available locally? Crossroads Orkney aims to improve the life of carers and those for whom they care by giving information, emotional support and practical help.

Find out more about what is on offer by going to the Crossroads Orkney website via the 'Related Sites' section of this page.


ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) is a search and collaboration tool for Health and Wellbeing resources in Scotland and helps signpost people to useful community support and the varied resources that our local communities have to offer.

To find out what services are available from ALISS, please visit their website via the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

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Telephone: 01856 873535


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