What is an assessment?

An assessment means Adult Social Care and Health work with you to determine what support, if any, you need to maintain your independence.

An assessment will look at several things including:

  • What services and help you already receive
  • Personal needs - such as washing and dressing.
  • Preparing meals, shopping, laundry
  • Getting around your home and outside your home
  • Any other issues you feel you have

If you feel you require an assessment of your needs, you can complete a Care and Support Needs Assessment. For more information visit the Self Directed Support webpages or contact Adult Social Care

Your rights to an assessment

You have a legal right to an assessment of your needs if:

  • You feel you need help to live in your own home
  • You feel you may need to move into a residential or nursing care home
  • You are a carer for someone

How to get an assessment

  • You can fill in a Care and Support Needs Assessment. For more information visit the Self Directed Support webpages
  • Contact Adult Social Care link who will discuss with you what help you need and whether an assessment needs to be carried out. If you do feel you need an assessment someone will visit you to support you to complete an assessment.
  • Your GP relative, friend or advocate can ask for an assessment for you. When people request an assessment, we will ask some basic questions to determine how urgently an assessment needs to be carried out.
  • If you are in hospital nursing staff will discuss your discharge from hospital with you and refer you to Adult Social Care who will carry out an assessment if necessary.

As part of your assessment you may also require a financial assessment. More information can be found on the Financial assessment pages

Further information

For more information on Continuing Health Care, please see the Continuing Health Care Leaflet [pdf document, 286kb]