Care Act 2014
The Care Act 2014 is very important for unpaid carers, it is Government legislation that enforces local authorities (for example your County Council) to assess a person’s needs and eligibility for receiving financial support and care.
A local authority must:
- Carry out an assessment of anyone who may require care and support, regardless of their life circumstances.
- Assess the person’s needs and how these impact on their health and wellbeing, understanding and detailing the outcomes that person wishes to achieve.
- Involve the person, their carer or other designated person, with the assessment.
- Provide access to an independent advocate to support the person’s involvement in the assessment, if required.
- Give due diligence to other factors, besides care services, that can contribute to the desired outcomes
- Use the national minimum threshold to judge eligibility for publicly funded care and support.
When the assessment is being undertaken, there is a simple flowchart used:
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