The Care Act 2014

Little has been reported about the arrival of the Care Act in 2014, but it heralds the first major change in social care for a generation.

Hopefully the new Act brings to an end the disjointed way care has been delivered in recent years. The Act aims to ensure that individuals are able to remain in control and can make decisions about their own care. The Act requires Social Services to change from being a reactive service to a proactive service.

The main principles of the Act include:

  • Promoting individual well-being of the whole person, this includes their emotional, social, mental & physical health
  • Promoting integration of care & support services with health services
  • Signposting people to where they can receive the information & advice they need

Local Authorities now have a duty to meet ‘eligible needs’ rather than just providing services; this is a major cultural shift. In addition for the first time the vital role Carers play is recognised; the Act gives them the right to have their needs assessed and they are entitled to receive support.

All local authorities now have to make an assessment of any adult who appears to have a need for care, irrespective of their financial resources. If eligibility is established the Local Authority will prepare a care & support plan with the individual who will then be given a personal budget if their needs are to be met by the Local Authority.

Next year also sees the introduction of the care cost cap of £72,000, (now postponed until 2020).

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