A Guide to Personal/Care Assessments
Personal Assessments are undertaken to decide whether we can
provide care as defined by the 'NHS and Community Care Act
1990'. The purpose of Community Care is to enable you to
remain in your own home with help and support such as home care,
meal preparation, personal care, equipment and adaptations.
In order to match your needs with the kind of help that can be
arranged it will be necessary for you to be assessed. This will be
an informal discussion with you about your needs. We will ask you
and your carers to be involved in this as well as other
professionals who may know you.
There is no charge for seeing a social care worker but many of
the services we can arrange may require a financial contribution.
This will be explained to you at the time of assessment.
Your Personal Assessment will help us to decide how much money
you need to enable your care and support needs to be met.
Once the amount of money you need has been agreed, the Council will
set up a Personal Budget to pay for your needs to be met. If you
are eligible for social care services, you will be offered the
opportunity to arrange your care and support
You can use your Personal Budget in one of three ways:
1. Direct Payments
Direct Payments offer you full choice and control over the care and
support that you need. This means you can choose who provides your
care; when the person comes to assist you; where they go; and what
care they provide. Direct Payments offer you more flexibility and
For more information about Direct Payments please see Direct Payments
– Money to Pay for the Support You Need.
2. Fully Supported Services
The Council purchases services on your behalf and these are paid
from your Personal Budget. This could include setting up an
Individual Service Fund with a provider who will deliver their
service flexibly (i.e. service may differ each week according to
3. Combined Personal Budget
You could have a mixture of Fully Supported Services and Direct (or
Facilitated Direct Payments). You can have parts of the
Personal Budget managed for you and you can control the parts you
For further information see the Managing Your Personal Budget information.
Download our Guide to
Care Assessments (PDF 165 KB) booklet to find out
everything you need to know about assessments including:
- What happens next?
- How will this assessment happen?
- What will we want to know?
- Will my assessment be confidential?
- In hospital
- At home
- What will happen during my assessment?
- Assessment Process
- What happens after the assessment?
- Can I remain independent?
- Can I go into a home?
- What will I have to pay?
- How much will the Council pay for my care?
- Have I the right to complain?
Large print version of the Guide to Care Assessments (PDF 171
Find out more
You can ask for help yourself or you may ask someone such as a
relative, friend or health professional to contact us on your
behalf. In the first instance contact should be made with the Adult
Duty Team or a Customer Services Advisor at our Access Centre.
Tel: 0845 607 2000
- Care Choices -
Information about available care options and help to identify
relevant care providers.
- Care Quality Commission - Get
free, independent reports on the quality of your local homes and
care services to help you make an informed choice.
- Carewise -
Services and activities to support your care needs and general
- Counsel and Care
- National charity working with older people, their
families and carers to get the best care and support.
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This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
The page is next due for review 13 November 2014.