Event date: 26/04/2017
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.
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The Care Act 2014, which came into effect from 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 previously shaped 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. Among the most significant developments are:-
The Care Act sets out some 'key priniciples' on how health and social care professionals should work with you. Those principles are:-
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.
The Department of Health has produced information on all the main topics covered by the Care Act:-
The Skills for Care website have produced various resources which explain the main aims of the Care Act; although aimed mainly at care professionals they also serve as a good introduction to the Act for members of the public:
The Local Government Association have produced a factsheet called Getting in on the Act with a summary of all the main changes, and also have a page on their website with a brief summary of these changes.
The Which website offers independent advice on all aspects of Elderly Care.
Video from the Skills for Care website
Video from the Social Care Institute For Excellence