The Care Act

Care and support is changing for the better in Hartlepool

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.  If can include help with things like getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking meals, eating, seeing friends, caring for families and 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 and 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

What is changing?

In April 2015, we will be introducing:

  • A new national level of care and support needs to make care and support more consistent across the country
  • Now support for carers 

Deferred Payment Agreements

A  Deferred Payment Agreement is an agreement with the council that will enable some people to use the value of their homes to pay for their care.  If you are eligible, we will help to pay the care home bills on your behalf.  You can delay repaying us until you choose to sell your home, or until after your death.

More changes to the way people pay for care and support will be introduced in 2020.  These will protect people with the highest needs from facing unlimited costs, and provide more financial support to people with modest means.

Changes include: