How To Book a Care Needs Assessment in Berkshire

How To Book a Care Needs Assessment in Berkshire

A care needs assessment aims to establish someone’s need for social care (help with every day tasks such as washing and dressing) and how the council may be able to help. The council will ask questions about well-being and managing daily life to work out what support is needed. For moe information, please visit our dedicated Age Space page: Complete Guide to Care Needs Assessment.

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In some cases, the council will assist in paying for social care depending on financial circumstances. After a care needs assessment, you can take a financial assessment to establish the extent to which the council can help.

If you look after someone in Berkshire, you should also consider taking a carer’s assessment. This aims to work out the impact your caring duties have on your life and what social care support you may be eligible for. Carers can be provided with support through the council or the voluntary sector.

How To Apply For A Care Needs Assessment With Your Local Authority in Berkshire

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

If your elderly relative lives in Bracknell Forest, care needs assessments can be requested online or by calling the number below. Relatives are welcome to help during the assessment to ensure all information is provided.

Online Enquiry Form
Telephone: 01344 351500

Reading Borough Council

In Reading, the process begins by completion of the online Care and Assessment Form. It is recommended that you sign up for an account with Reading Council before filling in this form. Creating an account saves time with auto-completion of contact information when completely forms and means data is safely saved.

Slough Borough Council

A care needs assessment in Slough can be arranged through online or by telephoning the number below.

Online Enquiry Form
Telephone: 01753 475111

West Berkshire District Council

In West Berkshire, an initial online chat instigates the process of a care needs assessment. You can fill out this form on behalf of an elderly relative. If speaking on the telephone is easier, West Berkshire can call you on the number you provide on the online form.

Online Enquiry Form

Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council

Care support services in Windsor and Maidenhead council are provided in partnership with Optalis. To arrange a care needs assessment, please get in touch using the contact details below.

Telephone: 01628 683 744
Email: info@optalis.org
Online Enquiry Form

Wokingham District Council

In Wokingham, the council offer an initial Self Assessment to see if your relative may be eligible for support. If so, then the next steps are given at the end of the assessment. You can also call the number below for more information and to arrange a full care needs assessment.

Telephone: 0300 365 1234 

How To Apply For A Financial Assessment With Your Local Authority in Berkshire

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After completion of a care needs assessment, you’ll be offered to take a financial assessment to work out if the council can help pay for your care.

How much you pay depends on your personal financial circumstances only. Some people pay the standard charge for the service they receive, whilst others pay a part of the cost, and some make no financial contribution at all.

The assessment takes into account lots of financial factors but a general rule is that those who own over £23,450 in savings or capital will not be eligible for funding.

Please note, you can help your elderly relative complete the financial assessment but will need to have accurate details of their savings and investments, income, outgoings (such as mortgage and tax) and disability related costs.

What to do if You’re not happy with the outcome of the assessment

Care needs assessment outcomes in Berkshire

If you disagree with the result of an assessment, or how it was carried out, you have a right to complain. Please find the details of each council’s complaint process below:

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Telephone: 01344 351736
Email: asc.complaints@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Reading Borough Council

Telephone: 0118 937 2905
Email: socialcare.complaints@reading.gov.uk

Slough Borough Council

Adult Social Care complaint form

West Berkshire District Council

Telephone: 01635 503391
Email: complaintsadultssocialcare@westberks.gov.uk

Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council

Telephone: 01628 683857

Wokingham District Council

Telephone: 0118 974 6863

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