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Eligibility for social care help and social care assessment

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Social Care Assessment

If you struggle to carry out everyday tasks, you can get support to help you do things easily and safely, which may help you to live independently. 

We can give information and advice to help you find the care and support that you need. We may be able to give you equipment or show you activities that will improve your ability, known as reablement.

A social care assessment is a simple discussion to find out how much care and support you may need and what options are available to you.

An assessment must be carried out to help us decide whether you need care and support to help with your everyday life. It will be carried out by a trained assessor, such as a social care worker, who will consider things like:

  • your needs and how they impact on your wellbeing - for example, you may need help getting dressed or getting to work
  • the outcomes that matter to you – for example, whether you are lonely and want to make new friends
  • your other circumstances - for example, whether you live alone or whether someone supports you
  • depending on your circumstances, there may be a charge for your support.

The aim of an assessment is to get a full picture of your needs, goals and outcomes of support you may need.

The law says that we must consider other things that could contribute to your outcomes. This might mean offering you a period of reablement, or referring you to a voluntary sector organisation. We are also required to consider the wider needs of your family.

Request an assessment

To request a social care assessment, please contact the Adult Early Help Team on 01733 747474. If you would prefer to complete a self-assessment we will offer you support to do so.

Eligibility for social care help

The information gained from your social care assessment will help to make a decision on which services are required to meet your needs to maintain your independence.

Adults who meet the eligibility criteria for support are defined as having needs that are caused by physical or mental impairment or illness. As a consequence, there is or is likely to be, a significant impact on their wellbeing. The result of these needs are that they are either unable to achieve two or more specified outcomes:

  • managing and maintaining nutrition
  • maintaining personal hygiene
  • managing toilet needs
  • being appropriately clothed
  • being able to make use of the home safely
  • maintaining a habitable home environment
  • developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships
  • accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
  • making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including public transport and recreational facilities or services¬†
  • carrying out any caring responsibilities the adult has for a child.

An adult is to be regarded as being unable to achieve an outcome if the adult:

  • is unable to achieve it without assistance
  • is able to achieve it without assistance but doing so causes the adult significant pain, distress or anxiety
  • is able to achieve it without assistance but doing so endangers or is likely to endanger the health or safety of the adult, or of others
  • is able to achieve it without assistance but takes significantly longer than would normally be expected.