The Care Act ensures that care and support is consistent across England.
To help you understand more:
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 including help with things like:
- getting out of bed
- getting to work
- cooking meals or eating
- seeing friends
- caring for families
- being part of the community
'Help' might also include emotional support at a time of difficulty and stress, helping people who are caring for an adult family member or friend, or even giving others a lift to a social event.
Care and support includes the help given by family and friends, as well as any provided by us and other organisations.
The national changes are designed to help you plan for the future and put you more 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 remain independent for longer.
The Care Act brought together a number of existing laws, and introduced new duties to local authorities to ensure that wellbeing, dignity and choice are at the heart of health and social care. It covers adult social care for anyone over the age of 18, while the Children and Families Act 2014 introduces a system of support which extends from birth to 25. The aim is to ensure that partners work together to create a joined up approach to support for local residents over 18 years of age.