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If you’re no longer able to live in your own home even with help, you may want to move into a care home where you can get 24-hour help

Assessment and eligibility

How we work out if a care home is the right option for you and what type of care home you need, will depend on whether you already get help at home from us.  

You’re already getting help at home

If you’re already getting help at home from us, we will usually look again at your care plan once a year to make sure you’re getting all help you need (known as a ‘review’). But if your situation gets worse before but your next review or you can’t manage at home any more, you should ask for a review or re-assessment of your needs

Contact your social worker or contact Adult Social Care to ask for a review or re-assessment.

Adult Social Care
Telephone: 0116 305 0004

If you don’t get help at home from us

If you don’t already get help at home from us, we will do an assessment to find out:

  • what help you need
  • if you’re eligible for help from us
  • if a care home is the right option for you
  • what type of care home would be best for you

Someone will come to see you to do the assessment.

You can get someone who is independent of the council to help you when you have an assessment.

Working out if you’re eligible for help

We will look at 3 key things to decide if someone qualifies for help from us. They must meet all 3 of these conditions:

  • they need help due to physical or mental impairment or illness
  • as a result of their needs they're not able to acheive 2 or more of the specified outcomes
  • as a consequence of being unable to achieve these outcomes there is, or there is likely to be, a significant impact on their wellbeing

Specified outcomes

As a result of the needs, the adult is unable to achieve 2 or more of the following:

  • managing and maintaining nutrition
  • maintaining personal hygiene
  • managing toilet needs
  • being appropriately clothed
  • moving around your home safely
  • maintaining a habitable home environment
  • being able to make use of the home safely
  • 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

Impact on wellbeing

As a consequence, there is or is likely to be a significant impact on the adult's wellbeing, including the following:

  • personal dignity (including treatment of the individual with respect)
  • physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • protection from abuse and neglect
  • control by the individual over day-to-day life (including over care and support provided and the way it is provided)
  • participation in work, education, training or recreation
  • social and economic wellbeing
  • domestic, family and personal relationships
  • suitability of living accommodation
  • the individual’s contribution to society

Read about how we decide if you need a service in 'The Care Act: easy-read version'.

After the assessment

We will give you a copy of your assessment. If we think you do need to move into a care home, we will give you a care plan that will set out what type of care you need.

Financial assessment

If you need to move into a care home, we will do a financial assessment to decide what you can afford to pay towards the cost of your care, if anything.

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