From April 2015, care and support in England changed. The Care Act helps to make care and support more consistent across the country.
‘Care and support’ is the term used to describe the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It can include help with things like getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking meals, eating, seeing friends, caring for families and being part of the community.
It might also include emotional support at a time of difficulty and stress, helping people who are caring for an adult family member or friend or even giving others a lift to a social event.
Care and support includes the help given by family and friends, as well as any provided by the council or other organisations.
Many of us will need care and support at some point in our lives and most people will pay at least something towards the cost of their care. The new national changes are designed to help you plan for the future and put you more in control of the help you receive. Any decisions about your care and support will consider your wellbeing and what is important to you and your family, so you can stay healthy and remain independent for longer.
If you receive care and support, or you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.
You could benefit from the changes if you:
If you provide unpaid care or support to an adult family member or friend you will be able to get helpful advice and information and may, following a carer's assessment, be eligible for practical support to help you carry on with your caring role. We may put you in touch with local support groups so you have people to talk to, or you may be eligible for practical support, like arranging for someone to step in when you need a short break.
Changes to social care came into effect on 1 April 2015.
If you currently receive care and support from the Council you do not need to take any action; this will be discussed with you at your next review meeting after 1 April 2015.
Funding reform was due to come into force in April 2016 but the government has decided to delay implementation until April 2020.
The following proposals are affected:
The additional time will be used to ensure that everyone with a role in implementation is ready to introduce the new system in April 2020. The time will also be used to ensure that people can understand what it will mean for them and look at what more can be done to support people with the costs of care.
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