If you require help with everyday living – from simple things like shopping or cooking a hot meal to help getting in or out of bed and washing and dressing – local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland have a duty of care to carry out a care needs assessment regardless of your (or your relatives) financial circumstances.
One person’s care needs may vary enormously from another’s and it can be helpful to consider all the options at an early stage. These needs can also vary during periods of illness and can progress with the duration of time.
The needs assessment will look at your current situation and the support you have available to you or your relatives. Based on the findings, certain services may be identified and the local authority will then provide these. Local authorities will have a duty to provide some services, whereas others may be more discretionary and subject to a charge.
These services can range from home based help such as Meals on Wheels and equipment for the home, to residential care facilities. You should be provided with all the information you need to enable you or your family to make the most appropriate decision.
Sources and further reading
The Care Act 2014 FAQs - Carer's UK
Health care at home - AXA PPP healthcare
NHS Continuing healthcare - Age UK - for local support and information services PLUS information on NHS funding
NHS continuing healthcare - The Beacon (set up by NHS England and various charitable organisations to help relevant audiences access services)
PPP Taking Care - services and support to help you live safely and independently in the home you love.