Some home care services may require an assessment. Under The Care Act you are entitled to an assessment of your care and may in some circumstances may be eligible for support from the council. An assessment helps the local authority to decide whether you need care and support to help you live your day to day life.

What is assessed?

A care assessment must be carried out by an appropriately trained assessor such as a social worker or an occupational therapist. They will consider a number of factors to determine whether or not you need care and support. These factors include your needs and how they impact your wellbeing for example if you need help getting dressed or getting to work and the outcomes that matter to you for example if you are a lonely and want to make new friends. You assessor will also consider any other circumstances such as whether you live alone or whether someone supports you.

Who is eligible for care?

Not all care needs are met by the state. Your assessor will use the eligibility framework, set out in The Care Act, to decide if your needs are eligible to be met by public care and support.

The Care Act sets out the national minimum threshold for eligibility, which is the same across England. Your assessment will measure you across a number of outcomes, these are:

  • Managing and maintaining nutrition
  • Maintaining personal hygiene
  • Managing toilet needs
  • Being appropriately clothed
  • Being able to make use of the adult's 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

If you cannot achieve two or more of these outcomes as a result of a physical or mental condition, and this is having a significant impact on your wellbeing, you may be eligible for care support.

Apply for an assessment

If you think you or someone you know may benefit from having a care assessment, why not try our online self-assessment and eligibility tool?

Self-assessment and care eligibility tool