The Care Act 2014
Care and support in England is changing for the better. The Care Act, which came into force on 1 April 2015, 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 may have. It can include help with things like getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking and eating meals, 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 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 independent for longer. If you receive care and support, or you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.
Useful organisations and websites for finding out about the Care Act
Healthwatch Torbay, ‘How the Care Act Affects You‘
Independent Age – wide range of very useful resources
Redcross Project to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Torbay
The Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) aims to assist consumers and their families in finding trusted accredited financial advisers who understand financial needs in later life.
Tax Help for Older People
Are You a Carer?
Assessments & The Care Act (Carers UK Factsheet)
Dept of Health Carers’ factsheet
Age UK ‘Information for Carers’
Legal issues for Carers. ‘Managing Someone’s Legal Affairs’ [NHS Choices]
Radio 2 celebrated Carers’ Week in 2015 and the 6.5 million people who look after a frail, ill or disabled loved one unpaid and often unnoticed. Information available on this BBC website link
Preventative Support: Public Health & Wellbeing
Some helpful links
Torbay Healthy Lifestyles Team – Support to stop smoking, lose weight, and more!
Torbay Physiotherapy service – Includes self-referral
Public Health Information
Leisure Services: Sports facilities
Leisure Services: Libraries
Transport & Streets
Healthy Living [NHS Choices] – Support to lose weight, stop smoking and reduce alcohol.
Devon Anxiety & Depression Service – Feeling anxious or low? Self referral.
Drug services – Self referral.
Mental Health – Directory of services.
Torbay Health & Social Care Services in Torbay – Out of Hours Services public contacts.
The Silver Line – free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hrs a day, every day of the year.
Information & Advice from Age UK
Frequently Asked Questions about the Care Act – Care UK