An assessment is carried out by someone from or acting on behalf of the local authority social services department. More than one person could be involved in carrying out the assessment, including a social worker, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist. The assessment procedure may involve filling in a form but this will vary from area to area.
The assessment should take into account:
- your wishes as the person being assessed
- whether you have any particular physical difficulties, for example, problems with walking or climbing stairs
- whether you have any particular mental health or housing needs
- what sources of help you have access to, such as carers, family or nearby friends, and their willingness to continue providing care
- what needs these people who provide care may have.
Once an assessment has been carried out, the local authority social services department has to decide whether you are entitled to services to…
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