Care Act 2014

Care Act 2014

On 1 April 2015 the first phase of the Government’s Care Act came into force. The Act represented the most significant change in social care legislation in more than 60 years and affects everyone who receives, or provides, care and support.

The Act set out the duties and responsibilities for Solihull Council. With the aim to promote the well-being of adults and carer’s and help them to maintain their independence and be able to take control of their own care and support.

Getting help from us in your own home

You have more choice and control over the help you get. We will help you to:

The needs of your family and anyone who looks after you will also be included when we arrange your care. Your care and support plan will include:

  • information and advice about local organisations you can get help from
  • what help you can get from Solihull Council
  • information about other care providers such as private care agencies

Paying for your care

Your care and support plan will give you details of:

  • how much the care you need will cost
  • what you will pay for help at home
  • what we will pay towards the cost

If you are eligible we may offer to give you the money to pay for the services you need. This is known as direct payment.

We have information to help you find independent financial advice so you can plan for your future care costs.

Care home costs

If you have to move into a residential or nursing care home, you will not have to sell your home within your lifetime to pay for the fees.

If you need to use the value of your home to help pay for your care in a residential or nursing care home, you can be assessed to see if you are eligible for a deferred payment agreement. This means you can delay repaying us until you choose to sell your home, or until after your death.

We have information to help you to find independent financial advice if you want to pay for your care home costs in another way.

If you look after someone else

If you are an adult aged 18 years old or older, and are caring for someone else aged 18 or over on a regular basis, without being paid for it, you are entitled to have a carer’s assessment.

Your Carer’s assessment will allow the Adult Care and Support team to identify and discuss your support needs and how best to meet them. The assessment will concentrate on your whole life. It will look at your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing (how you feel) and how support will help you achieve results, or outcomes, in your life.

Solihull Adult Care and Support team will use the assessment to put together a plan to help you manage your caring responsibilities. It will include information and advice about local organisations that can help you.

If you are eligible we may offer to give you the money to pay for the services you need. This is known as direct payment.

You can have a carer’s assessment even if the person you care for doesn’t get any help from Solihull Council.

Moving out of the area

If you move out of Solihull borough you can take your care and support plan with you. Solihull Adult Care and Support team will work together with your new care and support team to ensure the services you get stay the same.

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