This resource supports care practitioners and answers their questions about assessment and determination of eligibility under the Care Act. It also provides practical guidance over what they should do when applying the letter and spirit of this law.
For brevity and simplicity, throughout this resource the term ‘assessment under the Care Act’ is used to refer to either a Care Act assessment of:
- an individual’s needs for care and support
- a carer’s needs for support.
Adults with care and support needs
Do the needs arise from a physical or mental impairment or illness?
Do these needs mean that the adult is unable to achieve two or more of the listed outcomes?
Is there consequently a significant impact on the adult’s wellbeing?
Carers with support needs
Do the needs arise because the carer is providing necessary care and support?
Is the carer’s physical or mental health affected or at risk of deteriorating, or is the carer unable to achieve any of the listed outcomes?
Is there consequently a significant impact on the carer’s wellbeing?
Other things to consider
- Key Care Act duties for assessment and determination of eligibility
- Key Care Act principles for assessment and determination of eligibility
- Important concepts for assessment and determination of eligibility
- Assessment of needs under the Care Act 2014
- Determination of eligibility under the Care Act 2014
- The Care Act 2014: the assessment and eligibility process