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Care Act 2014

​The Care Act

From April 2015, care and support in England has been changing for the better. The Care Act is helping make care and support more consistent across the country.

Watch a 3 minute video about how care and support is changing​

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
  • 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. 

You could benefit from the changes if you:

  • Receive care and support.
  • Support someone as a carer.
  • Are planning for future care and support.

What's changed?

In April 2015, we introduced:

Find out about Local Authority responsibilities

Care and support in Rochdale borough

For details of care and support available locally for adults including older people, visit the Stay Well website

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