Assessment for care and support in Northern Ireland

2. Why request a community care assessment?

The community care assessment (also referred to as a care assessment or a needs assessment) enables social services staff in HSC trusts to find out what the person's care needs are. This allows them to then decide which services could help to meet those needs. The services will be provided in the person's own home, and may include:

  • equipment and adaptations
  • meals on wheels
  • personal care
  • short break services (respite)
  • day care.

Alternatively, it could be that the person's needs would be best met through care in a care home.

It is not necessary to wait for a diagnosis of dementia before requesting a community care assessment. The HSC trust cannot arrange services unless an assessment has taken place.