Hi All Mum is deteriorating and her community mental health nurse has told me to apply to Social Services for a Needs Assessment under the Care Act. I have had two long, frustrating chats with social services, and they have refused to assess her at all because she will be self funding. They have told me they will only be interested when she has less than £23,250 in funds. I am not asking for a financial assessment, but a care assessment. Has anyone else had problems getting an assessment? Is it because she has dementia so they are basically not interested ? Can they refuse to give one at all? Can they charge me? I understood the 2014 Care Act put them under an obligation to do a needs assessment regardless of funding...has this changed? Is it worth the hassle? If so, how do I make them assess her? Thanks!