Care and Support
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‘Care and support’ is the help some adults need to live as well as possible with an illness or disability. It may include:
- help to get out of bed, wash, dress, get to work, cook, eat, see friends, care for families and be part of the community
- emotional support at a time of difficulty and stress
- help for people caring for an adult family member or friend.
Care and support includes the help given by family and friends, as well as any provided by the council or other organisations.
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Many of us need care and support at some point in our lives. Most people pay towards the cost of their care. National legislation helps 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. You can then 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
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The law also ensures:
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There is currently no limit to what you would pay towards care and support costs. From April 2016 there may be protection from unlimited costs. This is called the ‘cap on care costs.’ No one will have to pay more than £72,000 towards the care element of the costs of meeting their eligible needs in their lifetime. Many people will pay much less. This will apply to people funding their own care and support, as well as those helped by the council.
Extended financial support will ensure more people get help with care and support costs. Most people will still have to pay towards the cost of their care and support.
Now only people with less than £23,250 in assets and on low incomes can get help with care and support costs. The changes mean that people with £118,000 worth of assets or less, could be eligible to receive financial support if they need to move to a care home. The amount they receive will depend on an assessment of their finances and personal circumstances. We will look at their assets and income and decide how much they can afford to pay towards the cost of their care and support.
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To learn more about the national changes visit www.gov.uk/careandsupport