The carer's assessment is for those who are caring for someone. The care needs assessment is for those who need caring for. Your local authority will assess your needs before deciding how much support you are eligible for. If they don't contact you, you should get in contact with them.
Am I eligible for a care needs assessment?
You're entitles to a care needs assessment regardless of your income, savings and your needs.
What happens in a care needs assessment?
Either a social worker or occupational therapist will visit you, depending on your needs. The assessment will take into consideration many aspects of your life, including:
- emotional needs
- physical difficulties you may be experiencing
- your needs and wishes
- your skills and abilities
- health and housing requirements
Your carer is also entitled to be involved with the assessment if you would like their input.
What might I get if I am eligible?
Depending on the findings of the assessment, you could receive changes to your home to make it more suitable for your needs or even a temporary stay at a residential home.
How much will the local authority pay to help?
This depends on your financial state. However, if changes to your house are required, they must be paid for by the local authority up to the value of £1,000.
You may be offered a means test to assess how much financial support you require.
What if the person I am caring for is under 18?
Any child requiring care under the age of 18 can have a Children Act assessment from the local authority. You should also contact your local authority in regards to this.
Source: Gov.uk and Age UK
- If you are a carer, please see our guide on the carer's assessment