Social Work Assessments


Are occupational therapy assessments different from support need assessments? In rules and law?

Anyone had either of these assessments?


OTAs :

An observational assessment that allows for the simultaneous evaluation of motor and process skills and their effect on the ability of an individual to perform complex or or instrumental and personal activities of daily living (ADL). The AMPS is comprised of 16 motor and 20 process skill items

Needs :


A needs assessment is a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or “gaps” between current conditions and desired conditions or “wants”. The discrepancy between the current condition and wanted condition must be measured to appropriately identify the need.

Recommend an Internet search on both for the full sp.

Many posters on this forum would have knowledge of either / both … more of a question best asked on the several disability
related forums … if you are seeking FIRST hand experiences ?

Each assessment can overlap because of different issues. Each department would refer on if outside the remit. Usually, only done with individuals agreement.

However, if a safe guarding issue came to light. You would still be informed but could not stop such a referral to Social Services.

Please don’t be alarm by this or put off!

Safe guards are there to protect all parties.

Occupational therapy assessments can be really useful, working out if there are any aids and adaptations that might help the caree live a better life, or what might help you as the carer. Things like walking aids, bathroom alterations, hospital beds etc. Are you worried about it?

I’ve had 4 before in the last 10 years 3 of them didn’t have a clue about what they could do to help us and declined a big list of adaptations we needed. They declined a wet room 3 times before a senior manager got a letter from the MP and approved it.
We did have 1 really good social worker who knew their job properly and put so many thing through for us including a bidet toilet.