The Care Act
The Care Act helps 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 that they may have. It includes:
- getting out of bed
- washing and dressing
- getting to work
- cooking meals or eating
- seeing friends
- caring for families
- being part of the community
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 national changes have been 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
Whatever the 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.
Other useful information
- A national level of eligibility for care and support
- Support for carers
- A process for working out deferred payment agreements for care costs
Easy to read guides
Information in British Sign Language (BSL)