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What is an assessment
An assessment is an opportunity for you to tell us
about any difficulties you may be having in looking after yourself
or in remaining independent in the community. We want to hear
you views on how you are managing, what you can and cannot do and
what help you feel you need.
An assessment is based on individual needs. A social
worker will visit you to talk to you and the person you care for
about the help you need. It's your opportunity to tell us
about the things that could make caring easier for you.
We use the Government's 'Fair Access to Care Services'
guidelines to help us to decide if you are entitled to care
services. Unfortunately, if you are assessed as 'low' or
'moderate' need or risk, you will not qualify for services, unless
some quick help now will prevent substantial or critical needs
developing in the next 6 months.
However, we may be able to offer you advice and some other help,
or put you in touch with other organisations who may be able to
When the person you care for is having their assessment (or a
review of their needs), as their carer you are entitled to an
assessment of your own needs as well. The 'Carers'
Recognition and Services Act 1995' and 'Carers and Disabled
Children Act 2000' both say that we must offer you this.
If you want, we can do your carer's assessment at the same time as the one
for the person you care for. But if you need to discuss your
needs more fully (or in private), we can do a separate
assessment. If the person you care for doesn't want to have
an assessment of their needs but you still feel that you would like
help, you are still entitled to an assessment in your own
Bedford Borough Council is responsible for
social care services within the borough. This section explains how
we support people of all ages who may need care either at home or
in another setting.
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