What Is A Care Needs Assessment?

18 Aug 2022 | Advice

There may come a time when you start to recognise that a friend, relative, or perhaps yourself, needs some extra help or support in daily life. But you’ve no idea where to turn. In most cases, the first requirement is a care needs assessment. Here we will discuss what a care needs assessment is, how to get one, and the next steps.

Who is a care needs assessment for?

A care needs assessment is for anyone that needs assistance to cope in their day-to-day life. The assessment is necessary prior to a local council being able to offer assistance such as:

  • Equipment – such as walking frames, personal alarms, and special mattresses.
  • Home adaptations – such as a walk-in shower or stair lift.
  • Carers – live in domiciliary care.
  • Access to daycare services.
  • Residential care.

How to get a care needs assessment

The most direct way to get a care needs assessment is to apply to your local council by visiting the Gov.UK website: Apply for a needs assessment by social service. You can apply both online or over the phone.

What does a care needs assessment involve?

A social worker or occupational therapist will get in contact and carry out the assessment either by phone or face-to-face in the home. The assessment usually takes about one hour. 

They will ask various questions about the management of all aspects of daily life.

For example:

  • Personal care
  • Household care
  • Emotional state
  • Current support network
  • Physical needs
  • Health conditions
  • Housing requirements

With permission, they will speak to the GP and any other members of the multidisciplinary care team if applicable.

How can I prepare for a care needs assessment?

It’s important to be prepared and really think about the day-to-day challenges being faced. Being thorough will help ensure the most appropriate support is provided.

You can find a checklist here to help you prepare for the types of questions you will be asked.

For example, someone may not have any difficulty using the toilet or bathing themselves, but poor mobility on the stairs makes it almost impossible for them to get to the bathroom. Be specific.

Arrange for a friend or relative to be present for the assessment. They can be much needed emotional support and may also pick up on any missed pieces of information.

What happens next?

The care needs assessment will be reviewed by the local council and a care plan will be developed (if required). Based on this care plan, services can be funded and put in place. If the care plan specifies that care is not required, the council will often give advice about what else is available in the community or can be privately funded.


Eximius can provide a range of care services tailored specifically to the needs of the individual, whether care will be privately funded or NHS funded. 

Choosing the correct care is an important decision, and our experienced team of dedicated and professional carers is here to help every step of the way. 

If you or a loved one would like to understand more about any of our live-in care services, please get in contact. We’d love to help.