What is a care needs assessment?

A care needs assessment is an assessment of the individual’s general health and care needs (medical, physical, spiritual, personal and social), and takes into account your ability to carry out the activities of daily living including the ability to get up in the morning, look after personal hygiene, get dress/undressed, cook and eat.

It also considers medical, health and personal social services being provided, family and community support and the person’s own wishes. It is carried out by healthcare professionals appointed by the HSE and the outcome determines if you need long term nursing home care. It also considers whether you can continue living at home with support. A care needs assessment is carried out before an application for Fair Deal is approved.