Care Needs Assessment
The care needs assessment helps us to see if you need long-term nursing home care.
When we receive your application form we will arrange for a care needs assessment. This assessment could be in a hospital, or in your home.
What happens during the assessment?
- your ability to do everyday activities like bathing, shopping, dressing and moving around
- if you use any health and personal services such as a home care assistant or nurse
- the family and community support available to you
- your own wishes and preferences
The assessment may include a physical examination by a healthcare professional.
The person doing the assessment writes a report. We will use this report to decide if long-term nursing home care is the best option for you.
You may be asked for more information to complete the care needs assessment, such as a referral from your GP. It is important you provide this as soon as possible to complete your application.
We will write to you when a decision has been made on your care needs. You will also receive a copy of the report and the reasons for the decision.
If you do not qualify for long-term nursing home care
If you do not qualify for long-term nursing home care, you must wait 6 months before you apply again.
You can apply again before the 6-month waiting period ends if there is a change in your health or circumstances.
You may also review or appeal the decision.
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