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How to apply for a care and support assessment
If you’ve not had an assessment from us previously, the easiest and quickest way to find out whether you might be eligible for care and support is to complete our online needs assessment form at Adult Social Care online:
The form will take about 30 minutes to complete and will ask questions about yourself and the people who support you at the moment.
You can save the form and return to it later by completing our simple registration process; all you’ll need is a valid email address to register with us. You can complete it yourself or get someone to do it for you.
You can also request a care and support assessment by contacting Adult Social Care however there is a waiting list and priority is given to the most vulnerable people in our community who need help the most.
You can request a:
joint assessment with you and your carer if you have one, which will take both of your needs into account.
If you’re eligible, an adult social care worker will have a conversation with you about your current situation. This will help us to understand your needs for care and support and what you want to achieve.
Together we can use this information to support you to find the right solutions. This might range from information and advice to arranging services to meet your needs.
Where we have identified you have eligible needs in your assessment, we’ll work with you to develop a care and support plan. This sets out how your needs can be best met.
We may meet your needs by recommending equipment, technology or a period of short term care known as reablement.
Before a final support plan is agreed the adult social care worker will use the information from your assessment to estimate how much your care and support needs will cost. This is called your estimated personal budget.
Reviewing your care and support plan
Your care and support plan will be reviewed after 6 weeks to see how things are working. Your care and support plan will then be scheduled for a further review approximately 12 months afterwards.
What should I do if my care and support needs change?
If your situation changes and you need or want to make changes to your support plan, you will need to contact Adult social care.