A plethora of paperwork and guidance exists to assure and organise the various care services.
Each service – public or private – will often be provided on the basis of a “needs assessment”.
The needs assessment identifies and documents your parent’s preferences and care requirements in order to shape the nature of the care they receive. This care is often described and documented in a “care plan”. You might find that your parent has multiple needs assessments and care plans, all of which are updated as circumstances change.
The results of a needs assessment can also inform decisions around care funding. It can be helpful if you attend the needs assessment which could take between 30 minutes and one hour.
If you know your parent will not be eligible for LA funded home care then you might find it easier to avoid undergoing the Council needs assessment and means testing process and approach a private home care company directly. However, the test can help to facilitate access to equipment to help adapt your parents home to create a safer and healthier environment.
There are other care plans and guidance which, if relevant to your parent, you might want to be aware of and understand and which we cover in other The Carents Room guides.