How do I prepare for my social care assessment?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 may change how local authorities assess your needs and provide support over this emergency period. Please read RNIB’s social care web page for more information. For up to date advice tailored to your circumstances, please call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999, from 8am to 8pm weekdays or 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

It is important to spend some time thinking about your assessment beforehand to make sure you end up receiving all the support you need.

Think carefully about all the help you need at home or when out and about, and the sorts of things you find difficult to do, or don't do because it is too hard. It might be easier to remember these instances by keeping a diary for a week or so before your assessment.

The things you might consider describing during your assessment which you have difficulty with could include:

  • cleaning and keeping your house tidy
  • cooking or eating and drinking
  • getting in and out of bed
  • looking after your money
  • communicating with people and handling post

Do not underestimate your needs! The more information you are able to provide about the help you need, the more help you are likely to receive.

Further information about getting social care can be found on RNIB's Social care and rehabilitation web pages.

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