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Social care assessment

The care assessment covers anyone over the age of 18 and is simply a discussion to help the Council understand your specific needs. The assessment will focus on your strengths and what you are able to do for yourself. It will also look at what local community support is available to meet your needs such as family and friends and local voluntary groups.


There is a national eligibility threshold for social care, which consists of three criteria, all of which must be met for your needs to be eligible. The eligibility threshold is based on:

  • Whether your needs are due to a physical or mental impairment or illness
  • To what extent your needs affect your ability to achieve two or more outcome, such as maintaining personal hygiene and managing toilet need; and
  • Whether, and to what extent, this impacts on your wellbeing


As part of the assessment, the Council will talk with you about what is important to you, and whether your wellbeing is affected.

After the assessment, a decision will be made about whether you are eligible for care and support. This decision will be explained to you. If you have eligible needs, and want the local authority's help to meet them, this will also be discussed with you.


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