Care and support and you
Care and support is changing for the better in Devon
The Care Act
From April 2015, care and support in England is changing for the better. The Care Act will help to make care and support more consistent across the country.
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 have. It can include help with things like getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking meals, eating, seeing friends, caring for families and being part of the community.
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, as well as any provided by the council or other organisations.
Many of us will need care and support at some point in our lives and most people will pay at least something towards the cost of their care. The new 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.
You could benefit from the changes if you:
- receive care and support
- support someone as a carer
- are planning for future care and support
What is changing?
In April 2015, we will be introducing:
- a new national level of care and support needs to make care and support more consistent across the country
- new support for carers
More changes to the way people pay for care and support will be introduced in the future. These will protect people with the highest needs from facing unlimited costs, and provide more financial support to people with modest means. These changes include a lifetime cap on care costs and extended financial support.
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