On the 1st April 2015, the Care Act 2014 came into force in the UK. This new set of regulations aims to simplify and modernise a care system that had become extremely detailed and too complex for many to understand.
The Care Act 2014 was created by government to help people live independently for as long as possible, with access to good quality information and advice from their local authority. It is now the responsibility of a local council to identify those who may benefit from independent financial advice and provide information following a full care assessment.
Although there are national rules that are in place to decide who is required to pay for care and support, there are also some local variations. These usually depend on the types of care and support that the person needs and where they live.
It has become a requirement for a full financial assessment to be completed in order to establish whether the individual, the council or a combination of both will be paying for care. The type of assessment can vary, as it is dependent on what levels of care a required - for example if someone is receiving home support or care in a residential home.
If someone is still living in their own home and requires ongoing support, it is likely in most cases that they will pay for their own care services, while the local authority may contribute depending on the income of the individual and other assets such as savings or property.
If someone is living in a care home such as Wolfeton Manor, they may be required to pay for all of their care services or they may make a contribution, with the local authority also paying an amount to the home, again dependant on the assets of the individual. There are occasions where the local council or even the NHS may fund the care if the income or assets of the individual are especially low.
The results of this independent assessment can be challenged or appealed at local authority level as funding decisions can sometimes be complicated. For more information and guidance regarding care funding, please visit these websites:
Set in the beautiful county of Dorset, Wolfeton Manor is a residential care home specialising in care and support for the elderly. Our team of experienced staff provide professional care to our residents 24 hours a day, and focus on delivering personalised care plans to each individual resident.
One of the most highly regarded care homes in Dorset, Wolfeton Manor offers a wide variety of different care services to help residents maintain their independence whilst enjoying a safe, healthy and active lifestyle.