The assessment will probably take place in your home. The professional who is assessing you should consider all your needs, not just your physical well-being, safety and personal care but your psychological, social and cultural needs, too.
In Scotland, local authorities should consider the views of the carer as well as the person cared for, when carrying out an assessment.
Once your care assessment has been completed, the local authority will decide whether or not you are eligible for care services. It has a legal duty to ensure that eligible needs are met but can opt for the most cost-effective way of meeting them.
The local authority should put its decision in writing to you. If you are eligible for care, the local authority should also provide you with a written care plan.
Preparing for an assessment
In order to provide the assessor with as much information as possible, prepare for the meeting in advance.
Think about your care needs. Try to keep a daily diary of the everyday tasks you can and can’t do. Write down the contact details of any health professionals involved in your care.