What is a Financial assessment?
Unlike NHS care, adult social care is not free and many pay a contribution towards their care and support. However, no one should go without the care and support they need because they can’t afford to pay for it.
For many people, the local authority will pay some or all of the cost. In order to determine what your contribution should be, you need to complete a financial assessment.
It is important to understand how paying for care and support works. The government sets out very clear rules about paying for care. It is important that you are not paying too much for your care and support. By understanding this process, it will make it easier for you to manage your money properly.
The paying for care handbook
The paying for care handbook is all about paying for social care services in Hull. It tells you about the financial assessment process and explains what you will have to pay and how to do this. You should read this booklet if you, or someone you care for, either receives or is considering support from Hull Adult Social Care. You can download a copy of the paying for care handbook using the link provided
If the local authority thinks you could benefit from a financial assessment, then someone from Hull Adult Social Care will meet with you. They will go through the information provided in the booklet.
Once they have finished talking to you about your care and support needs You will complete the assessment form. You will also be asked to sign a declaration which states that information you have given is accurate.
If you do not have a social worker, you cannot complete a financial assessment. Instead the Local Authority will need to investigate whether you are eligible for statutory support. To do this you need to complete a self assessment.
You can complete a self assessment if you or the person you are caring for is 18 and over and has -
- health problems
- a physical disability
- sensory impairments
- a learning disability
- mental health problems that mean you need support to be safe or live independently
- applicants must live within or be moving to within the Hull boundary.
The assessment starts by drawing out what outcomes you want to achieve. These outcomes can be general such as being safe. They can also be specific like being able to meet friends and family or being able to prepare a meal.
It will ask you about your life at the moment, including what is working well and the things you enjoy. It will then ask you about the support you get from friends, family or anyone else. It will also be an opportunity for you to explain about any difficulties you are having.
It is important that you are involved as much as possible so you are in control of the process. If you require help, you may want to ask someone you trust like a family member to support you. Alternatively, you can ask one of the Hull City Council’s assessors for help. They can support you either over the phone or face to face.
Alternatively, you can visit the Hull City Council customer service centre and request assistance to complete a self assessment . The address is –
Hull City Council Customer Service Centre
Alfred Gelder Street
Open Hours – 9am to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday)
Telephone 01482 300 300 and request assistance to complete the self assessment
What happens next?
The Hull City Council will review your information and contact you to discuss your social care needs.