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Self-assess your needs

Find out how you can self-assess your care and support needs.

If you have a disability or health condition which impacts your ability to perform everyday tasks, Suffolk County Council can work with you to explore ways to develop your existing strengths and support.

We can also help you to consider how your needs impact on your life and ability to achieve your goals. 

You can self-assess your care and support needs to find help to live independently.

If you or someone you know might need support, you can use our supported self-assessment to look for help.

How it works.

The supported self-assessment will identify the areas of your life you find difficult.

  • The assessment will take about one and a half hours to complete; you have up to 30 days to complete it.
  • You will need to register using an email address. This will enable you to save your form and return to it at any time.
  • When you see a question with a red asterisk (*), this means it is a mandatory question and must be answered to allow you to proceed with the form.

The assessment can be completed by someone with care and support needs or it can be completed by someone else on their behalf where appropriate (e.g. relative, advocate, or other professional).

The self - assessment

The assessment is split into two parts.

Part one

The wellbeing questionnaire. This is a chance to consider your situation through a set of targeted questions. Upon completion, a range of advice and information will be provided for you to consider and explore.

Part two

If you wish to proceed, asks a number of in-depth questions relating to your daily life.

The supported self-assessment will cover:

  • Your living situation.
  • basic financial information
  • your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • how your needs affect your work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships
  • what you would like to achieve in your day-to-day life
  • whether you need any support
  • whether you qualify for any help from the council

Why use the self-assessment?

  • Find out what care or support needs you have.
  • Suggestions for equipment, adaptations and services that might help you stay independent in your own home. This could include reablement and digital equipment.
  • Local groups, clubs and events in your community that can help you remain active, healthy and independent.
  • Check if you're eligible for social care funding and support from the council.
  • Learn how to request social care support if you need it.

Situations when Supported Self-Assessment may not be appropriate

  • Emergency/ Crisis situations.
  • Adult who lacks mental capacity.
  • Adult who is not ordinarily resident in Suffolk.

Next steps:

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email confirmation.

We will review your information and get in touch by phone or email.

This form is the start of the assessment process. It will help us to work alongside you to determine what support you may require.

Care and support from ACS

If you meet the national eligibility criteria, ACS is responsible for:

  • working with you to create a support plan
  • putting in place a personal budget for you to purchase care and support

If you do not meet the national eligibility criteria, but still have needs, we have a responsibility to guide you to relevant services, activities and information to help prevent your needs from becoming worse.

Access the supported self assessment below.

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