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Care and Support - Care Act

In April 2015 care and support in England changed for the better. The new Care Act helps to make care and support more consistent across the country.

GOV.UK: Care Act 2014


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.

It can include help with things like getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking meals, eating, seeing friends, caring for family and being part of the community.

It might also include emotional support at a time of difficulty and stress, helping people who care for an adult family member or friend, or help to get to appointments and social events.

Care and support includes help from family and friends, as well as support we provide, or support from other organisations.


Your wellbeing

Many of us will need care and support at some point in our lives, and most people will pay towards the cost of their care. The new national changes are designed to put you in control of the help you receive.

Any decisions about your care and support will consider your wellbeing and what is important to you and your family, so you can stay healthy and will remain independent for longer.

You could benefit from these changes if you:

  • receive adult care and support now
  • support someone as a carer
  • are planning for your future care and support.


Changes since 1 April 2015

In April 2015 the following changes were introduced:

  • A new national level of care and support needs to make care and support more consistent across the country
  • New support for carers

Other changes in the Care Act have been best practice in Sheffield for a long time, and so we are already doing them, such as providing personal budgets, direct payments and having a Safeguarding Adults Board.

There are other duties which we have improved, such as:

  • providing good quality information at the right time
  • providing needs assessments and support for carers
  • providing advocacy for people who have substantial difficulty being involved and have no one else to help them
  • preventing or reducing a person's needs for support.

There are also duties that are new, so we’re working on implementing these in Sheffield. For example, assessing people who pay for their own care, and offering a Deferred Payment scheme


More information

Easy read leaflet of the Care Act from the Department of Health.

Animated video produced by the Department of Health gives a simple summary of the Care Act.

  • Modified: Sep 15, 2016 8:30:46 AM