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.


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.


Related content

Common Summary Assessment Report (PDF, 84KB, 4 pages) - As part of the Fair Deal Scheme, the care needs assessment will assess your need for nursing home care or if you can be supported to continue living at home.

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