Care and support is changing for the better in Bolton

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 may have. It can include help with things like:

  • getting out of bed
  • washing and dressing
  • getting to work
  • cooking meals or eating
  • seeing friends
  • caring for families
  • 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.

Your wellbeing

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. 

If you receive care and support, or you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.
You could benefit from the changes if you:

  • receive care and support
  • support someone as a carer
  • are planning for future care and support

Your journey

Whatever your level of need, we will be able to put you in touch with the right organisation to support your wellbeing and help you remain independent for longer.

See more details of how we can support you from your first contact.  

What is changing?

In April 2015, there will be:

The Government have delayed the implementation of adult social care financial reforms from October 2016 until 2020. These include:
    • Cap on the costs that people have to pay to meet their eligible needs
    • A ‘care account’ giving people with eligible social care needs an annual statement of their progress towards reaching the cap, whether their care is organised by the local authority or not
    • Extending the financial support provided by the local authority by raising the means test threshold for people with eligible needs

Easy to read guides

Getting the right care and support for you
Deferred payment agreements
Support for carers

Information in British Sign Language (BSL)


Care and support is changing for the better




Deferred payment agreements




Support for carers

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