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Am I eligible for social care support?

To be assessed as eligible for support, you need to show that:

1. Your needs arise from (or are related to) a physical or mental impairment or illness, and

2. The issues you face have a significant impact on your wellbeing, and

3. You are unable to achieve two or more of the following activities:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Maintaining personal hygiene
  • Managing toilet needs
  • Being appropriately clothed
  • Being able to make use of your home safely
  • Maintaining a habitable home environment
  • Developing or maintaining family or other personal relationships
  • Accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
  • Making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including public transport and recreational facilities or services
  • Carrying out caring responsibilities the adult has for a child

These national criteria are standard across the country, making the system fairer. It also means that it is easier to move between local authority areas, if you need to.

Read more about how the social care process works.

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