The Care Act brought the biggest changes seen in Adult Social Care for over 60 years.
To a greater or lesser degree The Care Act will affect all people who need social care as well as their carers, local authorities, service care providers and the wider population.
Previous areas of legislation have been brought into a single place and there are additional duties for Local Authorities.
The main focus of the Act is to promote wellbeing. Emphasis is on supporting people to maintain their independence. The Act also concentrates on providing individuals with more choice about the care they wish to receive.
Other significant areas of The Care Act include:
- People who pay for their own care will be offered support in assessing, planning and managing their care.
- The government has created a new national eligibility threshold. This means the point at which local people become eligible for social care support is equal across the whole of the UK.
- New rights for carers, giving them the same eligibility for services as the adults they care for.
- The requirement of Local Authorities to provide information and advice to individuals, helping them make informed decisions about the best way they can receive care.
The ‘Think Local Act Personal’ website provides information which helps to explain some of the language used in relation to the Care Act
The Department of Health have provided documents which give further detail about the changes the Act brings:
The Care Act - what it means for you
From April 2015 the duties of The Care Act 2014 will mean that social care is changing for the better. In some situations, Local authorities are required to provide care and support in a different way.
The main focus of the Act is to promote wellbeing. Emphasis is on supporting people to maintain their independence. The Act also concentrates on providing people with more choice about the care they wish to receive.
Other areas of the Act which may change how people receive their care are shown below.