The promotion of wellbeing is at the heart of the Care Act 2014's vision of care and support. The Care Act signifies a shift away from past legal requirements to provide particular services and replaces them with the wider duty to promote wellbeing.
The Care Act regards the aspects of wellbeing as those which are most relevant to people with care and support needs and their carers. It relates to the following areas in particular:
- personal dignity, including treating people with respect
- physical, mental health and emotional wellbeing
- protection from abuse and neglect
- control by the individual over day to day life, including over care and support provided and the way it is provided
- participation in work, education, training or recreation
- social and economic wellbeing
- domestic, family and personal circumstances
- suitability of living accommodation
- the individual's contribution to society.