Changes to the way care is delivered for you

27 March 2015 in Health
From 1 April 2015, care and support provided by local authorities is changing to be more consistent across England.
The introduction of the Care Act 2014 is the most significant piece of legislation in adult social care in the last 60 years and will see the focus of local authorities change to promoting individual wellbeing and meeting the needs of service users.

A key part of the Care Act is a focus on preventing or delaying the need for support. Carers (who are people who provide unpaid care and support) are also given significant new rights under the Act.

People who are in receipt of care will need to understand how the changes will affect them and any changes will depend on their personal circumstances.

The three main areas that will change are:
  • If you are an unpaid carer, the Care Act brings in new entitlements to help you maintain your caring role and your life beyond your caring role. You will be entitled to an assessment and if eligible for support from the council for particular needs, you have a legal right to receive support for those needs, just like the people you care for.
    This could be practical support like being able to take a break from caring responsibilities, or you may be entitled to a direct payment to spend on things that will make it easier for you to carry on caring.
  • The Act also introduces a standard national eligibility threshold. This means that councils will have to  work together to make sure you don’t have a gap in your care wherever you live in the country, or if you plan to move within England. In addition, you will be eligible for support if your needs meet the threshold.
  • A deferred payment scheme, which is already in place in Newham will  be introduced nationally, assisting people with payment if they go into a care home.  A deferred payment agreement is an arrangement with the council that will enable people to use the value of their home to help pay care home costs. If you are eligible, the council will help to pay your care home bills on your behalf.
Councillor Clive Furness, Mayoral Adviser for Adults and Health said: “The new legislation being brought in will make it easier for our residents to access the care and the support that they need.  We want to make it as easy as possible for our residents to access the right support and information. If you are in receipt of care or you or a loved one will need care in the near future, it’s vitally important that you find out how these changes will affect you to help you make the best choices.”

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