Assessment for care and support in Northern Ireland

A community care assessment is an assessment of a person's care needs. The local health and social care (HSC) trust has a duty to assess the needs of people with dementia who may be in need of support. They also have a duty to provide services to meet these needs. When requested, they must carry out a community care assessment. This is done by staff from the trust's social services department. If an assessment concludes that services are required, these must be provided.

This page looks at why you should request a community care assessment, what it will involve, how services will be arranged, and how they will be paid for. This information applies in Northern Ireland. Different arrangements apply in England and Wales.