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Definition of care needs

There are three conditions:

  • The adult's needs arise from or are related to physical or mental impairment or illness. (This includes if the adult has a condition as a result of physical, mental, sensory, learning or cognitive disabilities or illness, substance misuse or brain injury.)
  • As a result of the adult's needs, he/she is unable to achieve two or more of the specified outcomes listed below.
  • As a consequence of being unable to achieve these outcomes there is, or is likely to be, a significant impact on wellbeing - including the adult's ability to protect themselves from abuse and neglect. 

Can the adult:

  • Manage and maintain their nutrition?
  • Maintain personal hygiene?
  • Manage toilet needs?
  • Dress in appropriate clothing?
  • Keep safe in their own home?
  • Maintain a habitable home environment?
  • Develop and maintain family and other personal relationships?
  • Access and engage in work, training, education and volunteering?
  • Make use of necessary facilities or services in the local community?
  • Carry out any caring responsibility for a child?