Adult Community Care Assessments

If you believe that your community care assessment is wrong for some reason, or if you are unhappy with its outcome, Sinclairslaw are specialist in dealing with adult community care assessments and will be able to offer you specialist advice about your situation. As a general principle, a person may not have community care services until the local authority has carried out a community care assessment and made a decision that the person is eligible for such services. For adults, the right to an assessment is contained in s47 NHS & Community Care Act 1990. The local authority must carry out such an assessment where the person has the appearance of need for community care services; it is not necessary for a person to have to request a community care assessment for a local authority to be under a duty to complete one.

A full assessment is often referred to as a unified assessment (or sometimes a social care assessment) and such assessments are wide-ranging, taking into account all of a persons health and social care needs. As well as obtaining information from the person being assessed, the assessment may also include information from other sources, such as their carer(s), GP and medical professionals. It is important to note that not all of a person’s care needs (known as presenting needs) will be met by social services. Most local authorities will meet a person’s needs only where the needs are substantial or critical and, if so, these needs are referred to as eligible needs, for which services to meet those needs must be provided.

At Sinclairslaw, we recognise that an unsatisfactory community care assessment is often a source of difficulty for people with community care needs. We have considerable experience in advising people who find themselves in this situation and we would be happy to help you.

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