Council Care-Needs Assessments

Council care-needs assessments are free and available to everyone. They help you establish your care needs and enable you to find out if you qualify for council funding. The council will first assess your care needs and then calculate how much money you need to meet those needs. When your care assessment is complete the council will (if you wish) assess your income and capital to see if you qualify for council funding.

To arrange for a care assessment, contact Suffolk County Council’s Customer First Team on 0808 800 4005

Help With Care Costs

To find out if  you qualify for financial help with paying your care costs, you can Suffolk County Council’s Customer First Team on 0808 800 4005. The Council will:

  • Assess your care needs and then use a banding system to calculate how much money you need to meet those needs.
  • Assess your income and capital to see if you qualify for council funding. They will do this only after they have assessed your care needs.
  • Fund all or part of your care costs if you have a low income and your savings fall below certain levels.

Help With Rent

To find out if you qualify for financial help with paying the rent on your Very Sheltered Flat, you can contact Suffolk Coastal District Council on 01394 444838. The Council will:

  • Assess your income and capital to see if you qualify for council funding (Housing Benefit)
  • Help fund all or part of your rent costs if you have a low income AND your savings fall below certain levels.

Help With Disability Costs

If you need help with personal tasks such as washing, dressing or bathing the Department of Work and Pensions may pay you Attendance Allowance.

Attendance Allowance paid at one of two rates depending on your level of need. Levels of need are decided through a disability assessment.

Rates: 2019

  • Lower rate – £57.30 per week
  • Higher rate – £85.60 per week

You can request a claim form by contacting the Department of Work and Pensions on 0800 88 22 00.

Attendance Allowance is NOT means-tested so you don’t need a financial assessment in order to get it.