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.
The purpose of any care and support that people receive is to enable them to achieve the outcomes that matter to them, and 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 include 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.
One person's needs is different to another person's. 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 is available.
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.
- A 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.