If this will be the first time you take on caring responsibilities, there should also be a separate carer’s assessment carried out. This will be conducted not by the hospital, but by the local authority. It considers whether you, as a carer, will need additional support once the person you care for has been discharged.
It should happen either while the person you care for is still in hospital or soon after they have come home.
If it is decided that you do need further support, the local authority may then also conduct a financial assessment to see whether you will need to contribute anything towards the cost of this support. If the support is provided directly to the person you will be caring for, however, then you as their carer will not be charged for this.
For further information, take a look at our detailed 'Carer's assessments' guide.