Information about undertaking a supported assessment.
So that we can look at the kind of support you need to live your life as independently as possible, we will undertake a supported assessment. It helps us to understand things from your point of view and gives you the chance to tell us about any difficulties you may be having, and what help you think you need.
The assessment is carried out at your home by a social care worker or occupational therapist. During the assessment we will ask you about different aspects of your life and what you would like to achieve. For example, you might want to be able to get washed and dressed at a time that suits you, or be able to get out more.
To find out more about you we will ask you things such as:
- how you look after yourself
- what is working well for you
- what you would like to change
- the kind of support you have now
- your physical and emotional health
- being part of the community
- whether or not you have a carer
- what you have difficulty doing
- what help you need.
As part of the assessment we will ask you about anyone who provides you with care and support at the moment. This could be your partner, family or friends, or even neighbours. You may want them to be with you at the assessment, so that they can offer their ideas and opinions about your care and support. We will also want to tell them about support that is available to help them care for you.
If you need help to express your views and wishes Advocacy may help you.
If you think you may meet the eligibility criteria for our services AND the criteria for financial help please get in touch to arrange for a supported assessment.
Once your supported assessment and financial assessment have been completed and if we agree that you are eligible for help, you will be provided with an estimated care budget. This will tell you how much we will contribute to your care and how much your own contribution will need to be.
We will then develop a support plan with you. This helps you to think about how you want to use your estimated care budget to get the care and support you need.
Once your support plan has been agreed we will confirm the final costs, this is called your personal budget.