The Care Act 2014 changed the way that care and support is provided. Some of the main changes are shown below.
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If you need residential care, you may be able to defer or delay selling your home until you are ready, or even until after your death.
You may want to talk to an independent financial advisor or the Money Advice Service about your options.
If you think you might need care and support, Adult Social Care will assess your needs. A social worker will discuss with you what you can do for yourself and what you support you need.
There is a national threshold of needs. All councils will have to assess in the same way. So, if you moved from one council to another council, and you are eligible for publicly-funded care and support in one area, you will be eligible in another.
If you need help telling us about your situation, or you need help understanding the assessment process, you should have an advocate - someone who can represent your views and help you.
If you help someone with things like getting dressed, bathing, taking medicine, then you are a carer.
All carers can ask for support to make it easier for them to care. This could be a paid care worker to give you a short break from caring, or a carers personal budget that you can spend to support yourself.
Most people will have to pay something towards the cost of any care they use. For some people, these costs can be very high.
The government has announced that the cap on care costs will be delayed until April 2020. Also delayed are councils' duties to provide care and support for people who are self-funders and an appeals process.