Read our top tips for preparing for a community care assessment:
1. Make notes before the assessment
It may be a good idea to help your son or daughter to make some notes before the assessment, to help remind them of the things they want to say, and any questions they want to ask.
2. Be as open as possible
Assessments can be daunting, but encourage your child not to be shy or embarrassed. They have a right to services and support so be open about the level of care they receive and what they would like to happen in the future.
3. Use evidence to help your child's claim
If you can, provide evidence to support your claim. This could be a letter from your child's GP, therapist or family.
With the support of our son's respite provision and a fantastic key worker, we were able to access an independent day service that gave him more choices.
4. Get the right support
You as a parent can go to the assessment with your child, or they may want support from a carer, friend or advocate who can help them explain the things they want to say. If they do not have someone to go with them but would like support during the assessment they can contact their local advocacy organisation or voluntary group.
- Contact your local advocacy organisation or voluntary group
- Find out more about advocacy by calling Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111.
5. Don't forget the little things
Community care assessments are not just about the big things in life, such as finding a house and getting a job. Don't forget the little things that your son or daughter might need help with every day, like washing and dressing or travel. You may also want to help them talk about any special needs they have, such as diet or religion.