The Care Act

Care Act

Care and support in England is changing for the better. The Care Act, which came into force on 1 April 2015, will help to make care and support more consistent across the country.

Care and support

‘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 and eating meals, 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.

Your wellbeing

Many of us will need care and support at some point in our lives and most people will pay 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 independent for longer. If you receive care and support, or you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.

You can download a copy of the above information in our Care Act leaflet. You can also download an easy read version of The Care Act leaflet.

Independent Age has written a user guide to the Care Act ‘What does the Care Act mean for me?‘. It is nicely written and may help you have a greater understanding of changes.

Do you support someone?

If you are a family member or friend of someone who needs your support, the Care Act includes changes to support you.

Information leaflets

Further information

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