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If you are looking into any sort of care at home, you should be offered an assessment of your needs.
This means that a social worker (or sometimes an occupational therapist or nurse) will come to your home and ask you questions about what you find difficult on a daily basis.
This assessment will be used to work out what your levels of need are and what support can be provided.
A needs assessment must always lead to the production of an agreed care and support plan. You should be provided with a copy of this plan.
Get in touch with your local council
The local authority will decide if your needs are severe enough to qualify for support.
It will also assess your ability to pay for social care - this is based on your income and any assets you may have.
Get details about what qualifies you to receive local council support and how they assess your finances.
What are the qualifying needs for social care?
How does paying for social care work?
Our Information guides are short and easy to digest, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Factsheets are longer with more detail, and are aimed at professionals.
How to get care and support
Personal budgets and direct payments in adult social care
Paying for care and support at home
Getting help at home
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Call Age UK Advice:
0800 678 1174
This page was last updated:
23 May 2017