Under the 1990 National Health Service and Community Care Act any adult aged 18 or over who is eligible for and requires services from the Local Authority has the right to a full assessment of their needs and the services provided should be individually tailored to meet those assessed needs.
The two main stipulations are:
The individual has a right to participate in the full assessment of their needs. Others who may contribute could include the individual’s advocate or carer.
A person may be charged for any services provided following a financial assessment although many people will be exempt from charges depending on their legal status [especially under the Mental Health Act 1983] or their level of income.
All plans should be reviewed at least once a year.