‘The Care Act represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support. For the first time, the Act will put a limit on the amount anyone will have to pay towards the costs of their care.
And, crucially, the Act delivers key elements of the government’s response to the Francis Inquiry into the awful events at Mid Staffordshire hospital, increasing transparency and openness and helping drive up the quality of care across the system.’
The Act introduces numerous changes to health and social care provision, including putting personal budgets on a legal footing and placing a duty on councils to provide preventive services to support people’s health. The legislation also introduces a national minimum eligibility threshold for council-funded social care and a limit on the amount people will have to pay towards their own care costs.
Other measures in the Act include:
The above news item was originally published issue 2 of 2014 of Elder Law Journal.