Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
The Care Act 2014, which came into effect on 1st April 2015, represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support.
The Act combines various existing pieces of legislation which were previously used to shape how social care was arranged in Britain. The intention is that the Care Act will make it easier for the public to understand why things happen in a particular way.
Importantly the Care Act also changes many aspects of how support is arranged, and aims to give greater control and influence to those in need of support.
In this section we provide an introduction to the main changes which came into effect from 1st April 2015, and more detailed information on how those changes now affect the way in which your council works to support you.
And Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster councils have each produced a leaflet which explains the main issues covered in the Care Act:-
One of the biggest changes under the Care Act means that people who look after an adult relative or friend with care needs will have the same right to assessment and support as the people they care for. The councils have also produced a leaflet called Carers and the Care Act to explain more:-
They have also produced a joint leaflet with answers to some of the most common questions you may have.
Phase 2 of the Care Act - the 'cap on care costs' which was due to be implemented in April 2016 has been delayed by the government till 2020.
The government say the delay will allow time to ensure that everyone is ready to introduce the new system and to look at what more can be done to support people with the costs of care. For further information please visit the Department of Health website.