Assessing your needs

If you need further help, a member of Gloucestershire County Council’s adult social care team will visit you at home to discuss your situation and assess your care/support needs.

Gloucestershire County Council can arrange support for you on a temporary basis to help you through a period of crisis and ensure that you get the help that you need. Most people will be offered a period of short term help or reablement to get them back on the road to recovery.

Teams will work with you on a one-to-one basis so that you grow in confidence, re-learn skills or learn new ways of doing things. This will be for an agreed period of time and, depending on the solution, may include a charge.

To determine if you are eligible for social care support, the Council will work with you to understand the level of your needs and how you meet national eligibility criteria. Whether you are eligible or not, whatever your situation, the Council will still be able to offer guidance and information about sources of support that you can access or provide for yourself.

If you feel that you will be unable to say what you want, the Council can arrange an independent advocate to support you.

The completed assessment will identify the needs you are eligible to have support for, and also help you consider the outcomes that you would like to achieve. It will also form the basis of your personal budget.

If you have a relative or friend who helps and provides care for you, then you may want to involve them in your assessment too. Part of the assessment looks at what your carer does to support you and whether they are able to continue supporting you.

The Council view carers as equal partners in your care and they are entitled to have a separate assessment of their needs in their own right as a carer, to see if there are services and support that might help them.