Needs assessments are for adults (18 years of age or over) who may need support because of a disability, ill health or old age.

Having an assessment

An assessment starts as a discussion with you to find out more about the kind of things you need support with.

We will ask questions to see whether you're able to:

  • get in and out of bed
  • get washed and dressed
  • go to the toilet unaided
  • make and eat meals
  • move around your home safely
  • use local services, like buses, and go to the shops
  • get enough contact with other people
  • keep your home clean and safe

We'll also check whether you have any support in place already, and then work out if you qualify for some help from us to arrange your care.

How we work out if you qualify for support

We use the Government's national eligibility criteria to work out if you qualify for support from us. This includes the following:-

  • whether you have a disability, health need or impairment
  • whether, as a result of a disability, health need or impairment, you're unable to manage some important aspects of your life without support
  • whether this is having a significant impact on your physical, mental, emotional or social wellbeing

You can read more about the national eligibility criteria on the social care institute for excellence website.

How to contact adult social care services

Gateway to care is the contact for anyone that would like further information or advice on adult social care and support services available in Kirklees.

  • Contact Gateway to care
  • Phone 01484 414933
  • Opening times
  • Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm
  • After 5pm - If your call is Urgent you can still telephone 01484 414933 as all calls are diverted to our Emergency Duty Team
  • Email
  • Address Kirklees Council, Gateway to care, PO Box 1720, Huddersfield, HD1 9EL
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