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Community Care Assessments

A community care assessment is the means by which a local authority decides if you are in need of community care services.

The single assessment process will include such things as your health, housing, whether you have enough money to live on, how you cope with daily living tasks such as washing and bathing and the preparation of meals. It should also take into consideration your psychological needs, for example, what you think and feel.

It will also look at what sources of help the person needing care already has access to, such as carers, family, or nearby friends, and their willingness to continue providing care.

If it is decided that you do not require support from your local council, the social worker should give you a copy of your Needs Assessment. If, however, it is decided that you do require support from your local council social services, these needs should be in writing on a form; this is known as a Care Plan. This Care Plan should state each of your individual needs, how they are to be met, details of when and who will be meeting them, and why they need to be met.

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