Care needs assessment

The care needs assessment helps us to see if you need long-term nursing home care.

When we receive your completed application form we will arrange for a care needs assessment. This assessment could be in a hospital or in your home.

What happens during the care needs assessment?

A healthcare professional, such as a geriatrician, public health nurse or occupational therapist, will do your assessment.

They will look at:

  • your ability to do everyday activities like bathing, shopping, dressing and moving around
  • how you use any health and personal services such as a home care assistant or nurse
  • the family and community support available to you
  • your own wishes and preferences

The assessment may include a physical examination by a healthcare professional.

The person doing the assessment writes a report. We will use this report to decide if long-term nursing home care is the best option for you.

Common summary assessment report (PDF, 84KB, 4 pages)


You may be asked for more information to complete the care needs assessment, such as a referral from your GP. It is important you provide this as soon as possible to complete your application.

We will write to you when a decision has been made on your care needs. You will also receive a copy of the report and the reasons for the decision.

If you do not qualify for long-term nursing home care

If you do not qualify for long-term nursing home care, you must wait 6 months before you can apply again.

If there is a change in your health or circumstances you can apply before the 6-month waiting period ends.

Page last reviewed: 12 November 2018
Next review due: 12 November 2021