The Care Needs Assessment identifies whether or not you need longterm nursing home care. Its purpose is to ensure that long-term nursing home care is necessary and is the right choice for you. The assessment will consider whether you can be supported to continue living at home or whether long-term nursing home care is more appropriate. The Care Needs Assessment will be carried out by appropriate healthcare professionals, for example, a nurse etc., appointed by the HSE. An assessment may be completed at any time in a hospital or a community setting such as your own home. The assessment will include consideration of the following:
- your ability to carry out the activities of daily living, e.g. bathing, shopping, dressing and moving around
- the medical, health and personal social services being provided to you or available to you both at the time of the carrying out of the assessment and generally
- the family and community support available to you, and
- your wishes and preferences
Please note that the assessment may include a physical examination by a healthcare professional. You must be assessed as needing nursing home care in order to be eligible for either State Support or the Nursing Home Loan.