If you need help with everyday tasks, your local council has a legal duty to carry out an assessment to find out what help you need.
In Northern Ireland, the Health and Social Care Trust does this.
Lots of people are put off by the idea of an assessment, but it’s not something to worry about.
It’s simply a way of working out your individual care and support needs so your local authority or trust can decide the best way to help you.
The process the assessment has to follow is set out in law. It allows you to take the lead in explaining what care and support you need to make life easier for you and the outcome you’re looking for. Your wellbeing and wishes must be considered throughout.
For example, you might want to stay in your home – and this must be taken into consideration.
Or, if your care needs have stopped you from joining in activities outside the home, but this is something you want to do, this must be part of the assessment and care plan process.