A needs assessment helps to determine whether someone needs ongoing residential care, and if so, at what level.
Each needs assessment is completed by a DHB-approved assessor and addresses a person’s:
Needs assessments are a required step in the following situations:
If none of these situations apply, getting a needs assessment is optional but strongly recommended.
Needs assessments are performed by a DHB-approved assessor. These professionals are qualified to thoroughly and accurately assess a person’s care needs and recommend the services that will benefit them.
First, an assessor will call for a telephone conversation with the person being assessed and their family member, friend, or caregiver. If they deem it necessary after this initial phone assessment, an assessor will then visit the person at home for around two hours to get a full picture of what’s needed to ensure a comfortable living situation. A family member, friend, or caregiver may be present.
A needs assessment helps to ensure everyone receives the support and care they need throughout their senior years. The process provides valuable insight that can be difficult to arrive at independently.
For example, a needs assessment will:
To apply for a needs assessment, you can request one via the local Needs Assessment Service Coordination. You can find your local NASC here and get in touch, or ask for information from a medical provider. A medical provider may also directly refer you for a needs assessment if they think it’s necessary.
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