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8. Care Assessment

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This article is designed to help explain the process of going into care and the various different steps to be taken throughout the process.

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The Medical Assessment

Your local Adult Services department will arrange for a care assessment; someone from the department may visit you in your home and they may also talk to your GP about your health.

They will ask you a number of questions relating to your physical and mental health, they may ask you about any recent health issues as well as if you suffer from any long term conditions which could affect the outcome of their report.

A common question which assessors ask is what has changed in your current situation which has required you to request a Care Needs Assessment, for this reason it is very useful to have a family member, friend or someone who cares for you currently sit in on the assessment.

It is important to be as open and honest with assessor as you can as the more information which you provide, the better care you will receive to meet with your requirements.

A report will then be drawn up on your care needs and the type of care that would best suit you – including any specialist needs. All further discussions about care and funding will be based on these ‘assessed needs’.