Social Care Needs Assessment

Are you considering carers attending to you at home for the first time? Are you supporting an individual informally to arrange carers at home, or a residential / nursing setting (for respite or a long term placement) Or are you a professional with Lasting Power of Attorney / Deputyship, and unclear regarding a suitable package of care at home, or appropriate type of 24 hour care home placement required? Are you concerned that a current package of care or that a care home placement is no longer meeting care needs?

Our Social Care Needs Assessments can help you decide on the type of care you would like, and are carried out by experienced and qualified Social Workers who are Social Work England registered. Our independent Social Workers have a wealth of experience assessing individuals with a range of complex presentations and diverse backgrounds. We are specialists in the care planning field and remain professional & compassionate throughout assessment.

Our approach is person-centred and holistic, with the individual at the heart of our service. The assessment is carried out in line with the Care Act 2014, which promotes the wishes of the individual and the outcomes they wish to achieve. Individuals are fully included in this process where able, and can be supported by a nominated family member, friend or trusted associate through this process.

The following are taken into account when completing the Social Care Needs Assessment:


The individuals views, wishes and preferences for care

Religious and cultural background

Hobbies and interests

Daily care and support needs

Disabilities and/or existing health issues

Consideration of Nursing Needs

Social history including their existing network and consideration of their emotional wellbeing

Home environment/set-up

Skills and abilities

Functional abilities


In line with the Care Act 2014, the following outcomes will be considered throughout the assessment process:

Managing and maintaining nutrition

Managing toilet needs

Being able to make use of the adult's home safely

Developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships

Making use of necessary facilities or services in the community, including public transport and recreational facilities or services

Maintaining personal hygiene

Maintaining a habitable home environment

Carrying out any caring responsibilities the adult has for a child

Accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering

Being appropriately clothed

Although ‘medication’ does not meet the criteria under the Care Act 2014, this will still be explored and recorded as a need for the individual as required.

An assessment of the individuals capacity can also be completed to support the care planning process in conjunction with the Social Care Needs Assessment. Please see ‘Mental Capacity Assessment and Care Planning’ for further information.

Why Choose Thornton & Lee for Care Planning Assessments?

Local Authorities often have to prioritise crisis cases and safeguarding over care planning, which can mean waiting for a Social Care Needs assessment. Similarly we have met many 'Self Funding' individuals paying for excessive amounts of care, or inappropriate care because the private care market is so confusing. Thornton & Lee can assess care needs promptly and offer an expert opinion about exactly the type and level of care that is required.

Would You be Entitled to Local Authority Funding for Care Services?

'Self Funding' is a term used by Local Authorities to describe an individual who is not entitled to financial support to fund social care services, due to having savings and/or investments in excess £23,250 for home care provision/respite, or is a property owner for long-term residential care. This is a simple description of eligibility to local authority funding, and some caveats do exist to the description above. If you are in any doubt about whether you might be 'Self Funding' care services, please visit your local authority website.

Did you know our services are available 7 days a week?

Our approach is always to ensure the individual feels safe and comfortable which is why we aim to be as flexible as possible. We promote positive engagement to ensure the individual is happy with the decisions made and feels in control of the outcome. We are available for Secure Video assessments from the comfort of your own environment where ever you are.  And with a 7 day service, we can be sure to find a time and day that suits you. Please contact us if you would prefer a face to face assessment.

We aim to accommodate prompt assessment appointments, if you require a Social Care Needs assessment urgently get in contact today to discuss your needs.

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