It is essential that before a person begins to receive a care service or moves into a home their full needs are known and that the service is confident that it can meet those needs.

Since April 2015, a person’s needs for care and support have been assessed under the Care Act 2014. (There is similar legislation for Wales under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014). Assessments are outcome-based, ie their conclusions will reflect what care and support a person requires to improve their wellbeing.

Local authority funding of care will be decided on a financial (means-tested) assessment, which is carried out after the needs assessment has shown that the person has met the national eligibility criteria developed under the Care Act. Funded care is strictly rationed and many people are having to fund or part fund their own care and support.

Assessment of need should be continuous. Care providers must assess how they will deliver their services to meet individual needs, keep reviewing a person’s needs and change their provision as needs change.

This topic should be used with that on Care and Support Plans

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