Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Care and Support Needs Assessments
Produced in partnership with Craig Ward of Lundie, solicitor of Craybeck Law LLP
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Care and Support Needs Assessments

The following Private Client practice note Produced in partnership with Craig Ward of Lundie, solicitor of Craybeck Law LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Care and Support Needs Assessments
  • Practicalities of assessments and seeing clients during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020
  • When can an LA implement Care Act 2014 easements?
  • Engaging the Coronavirus Act 2020
  • Challenging a local authority
  • Rescinding easements
  • Amending care packages
  • Review of Schedule 12 to the Coronavirus Act 2020
  • Coronavirus Act 2020, Sch 12 Pt 1 (England)
  • More...

Community care assessments are conducted by the local authority (LA) where someone aged 18 years or older is ordinarily resident. LAs have a duty to assess an individual once they become aware that they may have needs which should be met. The way care assessments are being conducted is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and this Practice Note explains the modifications to the usual procedures for carrying out care and support needs assessments by LAs introduced from 31 March 2020 by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) and when these modifications may be made. For guidance on the position prior to 31 March 2020, see Practice Note: Care and support needs assessments. For further comment on the modifications made to the Care Act 2014 (CA 2014) by CA 2020, see News Analysis: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—changes to the Care Act 2014.

Practicalities of assessments and seeing clients during the coronavirus pandemic

The pandemic is preventing face-to-face assessments and solicitors and assessors are becoming more inventive in their assessment approaches. In his guidance of 13 March 2020 on visits to protected persons during the pandemic, Mr Justice Hayden strongly discourages practitioners from visiting care homes. P should be assessed only where absolutely necessary, with practitioners using telephone, Facetime and Skype conferencing. It is appreciated that these methods may not be as efficient as a usual face-to-face assessment and solicitors and

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