An Assessment is the process of evaluating an individual’s condition, abilities and skills to determine the most appropriate solution for their needs.
It is important for you to have an assessment to find out exactly what your individual needs are and your level of independence. You may only need a small handheld device or you may need a more complex system installed in your home or attached to a wheelchair.
After an assessment has been made you may be able to apply for funding to help pay for your equipment. In many cases there is funding available from NHS, government funding or charities – although it’s not always fast or simple to apply for. Your local Product Advisor can also offer help and advice on assessments and funding.
How do I get an Assessment?
Speak to your doctor (GP), nurse, carer or social worker and ask them to refer you to a Speech & Language Therapist (SLT), Physiotherapist and/or Occupational Therapist (OT) as soon as possible.
Who performs the Assessment?
Professionals who have the expertise and knowledge to appropriately evaluate you and the factors affecting them perform the assessment. Typically this is a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), Physiotherapist and/or Occupational Therapist (OT).
They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. They also help to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Their goal is to help clients lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives
What factors are considered?
The professional carrying out your assessment will review and evaluate your individual:
condition (including any anticipated changes and future considerations)
language, cognitive, physical and sensory abilities, including motor skills
current and future needs and goals
What will I get from my Assessment?
Assessments can help you find solutions to enable you to live independently or to support your carers such as providing equipment, advising where to buy equipment, advising on alterations to your home and finding alternative ways to carry out your day-to-day life as independently as possible.
How do Product Advisors support my Assessment?
Abilia Product Advisors are technology experts. Their role is to assist and support the assessment professional or team by identifying the device features and benefits which support an individual’s unique needs.
Helpful links to supportive services:
NHS Choices offers advice on how to get an assessment of your care and support needs.
Carers Trust offers support and equipment advice to Carers.
Communication Matters is committed to supporting people who find communication difficult because they have little or no clear speech.
Family Welfare Association has been a leading provider of services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families.
We also have a large listing of Assessment centres available on our website.