Sometimes there are complex issues which extend across several
assessment areas or which cannot be resolved by a single assessment
visit. A good example of this is where support worker needs have
to be examined in great detail, by shadowing the client in work for a
number of days. Another example might be where a client has very
specific or complex travelling needs.
In cases such as these, a special assessment can be undertaken, looking
at the conventional assessment areas, but also bringing in whatever
additional issues are to be addressed. Such assessments generally
take longer, but have been proved to be particularly useful, especially
in establishing true support worker needs.
Special assessments might also be used as a way of resolving disputes,
such as when a client has appealed against a support provision or when
there is a possibility that a client is abusing the AtW system.
Please note that the issues to be covered in a special assessment
should always be discussed with me in advance, so as to ensure that the
relevant and appropriate areas are addressed by the assessment.
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