Your care needs

From April 2015, the way care and support needs are assessed in England is changing for the better, meaning that decisions made about the help you receive will consider your wellbeing and what is important to you and your family.

For the first time, there will be a national level of care and support needs that all councils will consider when they assess what help they can give you. This may result in you being eligible for care and support, and will make it easier for you to make plans now and in the future. And if you decide to move to another area, councils will also have to work together to make sure that there is no gap in your care when you move.

If you receive care and support, you will be more in control of decisions that affect you, and of putting together a care plan tailored to your needs. Your plan will work out how you can do the things that are important to you and your family, with the right level of care and support. You will also know how much it will cost to meet your needs and how much the council will contribute towards the cost. You will have more control over how that money is spent.

Everyone’s needs are different. They may be physical or emotional. You may find that the support you need could be met by something going on in your local community, for example services organised by local charities or other support networks. Whatever your level of need, your council will be able to put you in touch with the right organisation to support your wellbeing and help you remain independent for longer.

See also:

New eligibility criteria