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Care Act 2014

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Care Act 2014

The Coronavirus Act 2020 was introduced on the 31st March 2020. It allows local authorities to introduce Care Act easements. This means that local authorities can reduce the care offered in some less urgent circumstances and prioritise care and support to ensure that the most urgent and serious needs are met during this critical period, for example to support people in crisis or in need of hospital discharge.

Guidance on the Care Act easements has been given to local authorities to support this decision making.  You can read more information in the government's guidance on Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities about what this means, and how the easements will change the way care and support is provided.

The new way of providing care and support during COVID-19 will be in line with the principles set out in the downloadable Ethical Framework for Health & Social Care.

What the Care Act easements mean for Camden Adult Social CareCamden Adult Social Care has undertaken work to ensure the most vulnerable residents are prioritised, which includes ensuring people are linked into community networks to make sure that there is enough care and support available in anticipation of expected increases in demand.

Please be reassured that Adult social care will continue to provide the best possible care and support for people in Camden during this exceptional period and the new powers and care act easements are only to be used if absolutely essential. 

Care Act 2014

The purpose of the Care Act is to make care and support more consistent across the country.  The Act is the biggest change to adult social care law in over 60 years.

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.

Care and support includes:

  • Help with getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking meals, eating, seeing friends, caring for families and being part of the community.
  • Emotional support at a time of difficulty and stress or helping people who are caring for an adult family member or friend.
  • Help given by family and friends, as well as any provided by the council or other organisations.

Visit the Adult Social Care services section to find out more about support available from Adult Social Care.

Your wellbeing

The purpose of any care and support that a person receives is to enable them to achieve the outcomes that matter to them and to ensure that the needs of the person is met.

When local authorities carry out their care and support functions relating to a person, they must promote wellbeing.  Wellbeing covers a broad spectrum that includes personal dignity, physical and mental and emotional wellbeing, family life, suitable accommodation, safeguarding from abuse, and ability to participate in social life and contribute to society.

The concept of meeting an individual person's needs is central to the Care Act and it is a core legal entitlement for adults who receive local authority care and support.

Further information about promoting wellbeing can be found in the government's statutory guidance on care and support.

What other changes does the Care Act make?

The Care Act brings lots of changes, but some of the big changes include: 

  • a new national eligibility threshold for care and support needs and for carers needs. This is to make care and support more consistent across the country.
  • carer's entitlement to an assessment in their own right and the council must make sure that any eligible needs that a carer has are met.
  • the councils approach to keeping vulnerable adults safe, to focus on what is important to the individual.
  • improving the way councils provide information and advice about care and support. 

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