Getting a needs assessment
A needs assessment is crucial to getting the care support you need. You have a right to this assessment and it's free of charge. Read our guidance for how to get one.
Methods of assessment
We explain the various methods of carrying out a needs assessment, ranging from a face-to-face, to telephone interviews and an online self-assessment.
Preparing for the needs assessment
Preparing for your needs assessment is key. We take you through the things that will be considered and how to get ready for your assessment.
We explain what it means to be a carer and the many ways that the UK’s 6.5 million carers provide help and support.
Being told you're ready to leave hospital is positive news. We explain the discharge procedure to help you return home.
If you care for someone, you can arrange a carer’s assessment to find out if you’re eligible for support.
Cost of care and eligibility in England
Use our calculator to find out how much care might cost and what financial support is available.
Organising home care
Many older people live independently with the help of family, friends and professional carers. Explore the different types of home care and how to arrange it.
Being a carer
We give you the information you need to help you through an emotionally draining time – there is plenty of support out there for you.
Hospital admissions & discharge
It’s an emotional time if a loved one is admitted to hospital. We explain what happens in a medical emergency and how to get the best care.