Assessments failing to hit the targets

    Social services departments are still falling short of targets
    to complete timely assessments of older clients, according to the
    Department of Health.

    Statistics show that in 2003-4 just 49 per cent of people over
    65 had their assessments completed within two weeks, compared with
    a target of 70 per cent. Performance had improved by just 1 per
    cent on the previous period.

    Only 65 per cent had their assessments completed within four
    weeks, making it unlikely that December’s 100 per cent target would
    have been reached.

    But there was more improvement on reducing delays between the
    assessment of older people and receipt of services. Seventy per
    cent received services within two weeks of assessment, compared
    with 38 per cent the previous year.

    The number of carers assessed by social services was 405,800
    last year – double the number assessed in 2000-1.

     

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