Care Act

Care Act 2014 - What's it all about?

Care and support is changing 

From April 2015, care and support in England is changing. The new Care Act will help make care and support more consistent across the country. 

It is intended to help people by focusing on their wellbeing, and preventing and postponing the need for 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 or participating in training, education or volunteering
  • Shopping and cooking meals
  • Eating
  • Seeing friends
  • Carrying out any caring responsibilities for a child or another family member
  • Being part of the community
  • Maintaining a habitable and safe home.

It 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 (carers), as well as any provided by the council or other organisations.

To find out more about care and support and how you might benefit from the changes, contact us or visit Gov.UK.