New Government legislation covering how we support and help adults who need care and support came into place from 1 April 2015.
Called The Care Act 2014, it brings together over 60 years of care and support legislation into a single Act. It sets out new duties and responsibilities for the Council with the aim to promote the well-being of adults and carers and help them to maintain their independence and be able to take control of their own care and support.
What does this mean for people in Gateshead?
For most people receiving care services from us, there will be very little change. If a change is required as a result on the new eligibility criteria, this will be discussed with you as part of your review. You don’t have to do anything or take any action as a result of the introduction of this new Act.
- You will be fully involved in the assessment of your needs; if you have difficulty doing this and have no family member or friend to help you, we will provide someone ‘an advocate’ to help you.
- If you care for someone, you can have your needs assessed, along with the person you care for to see if there are ways your needs can be met.
- 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 entitled to receive a ‘deferred payment agreement’. This means you can delay repaying us until you choose to sell your home, or until after your death.
- From April 2015 there will be more information and advice available to you on this web site, to help you make decisions on the care and support that is right for you and to help you plan for the future.