The ‘Care Needs Assessment’ identifies whether or not you or a loved one needs long term nursing home care in Ireland.
Its purpose is to ensure that long-term nursing home care is necessary and the right choice.
The assessment will consider whether you can be supported to continue living at home or whether a FirstCare nursing home is more appropriate.
It is carried out by a healthcare professional.
eg: a nurse appointed by the HSE.
It may be completed at any time in a hospital or a community setting such as your own home.
The results of the Care Needs Assessment will be submitted to the HSE in the form of a report.
You must be assessed as needing nursing home care in order to be eligible for either State Support, and/or the Nursing Home Loan.
However, PRIOR to the Care Needs assessment being carried out you must firstly apply for the Fair Deal Scheme, the HSE office will then make contact with the relevant local healthcare professional who in turn carries out the care needs assessment.