The Care Act

What changed under the Care Act?

Support for carers

In England, millions of people provide unpaid care or support to an adult family member or friend, either in their own home or somewhere else.

'Caring' for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.

If this sounds like you, the changes since April 2015 to the way care and support is provided in England mean you may be able to get more help so that you can carry on caring and look after your own well-being.

Needs and eligibility

The way care and support needs are assessed in England has changed for the better, meaning that decisions made about the help you receive will consider your wellbeing and what is important to you and your family.

For the first time, there is a national level of care and support needs that all councils consider when we assess what help we can give to you. This may result in you being eligible for care and support, and will make it easier for you to plan for the future.

Whatever your level of need, we will be able to put you in touch with the right organisation to support your wellbeing and help you remain independent for longer.

Deferred payment agreements

Whilst Wandsworth already operated a deferred payment scheme, since April 2015 deferred payment agreements are now available across all of England too.

This means that people should not have to sell their homes to pay for care, as they have sometimes had to do in the past.

A deferred payment agreement is an arrangement with the council that will enable some people to use the value of their homes to pay for their care. If you are eligible, we will help to pay the care home bills on your behalf. You can delay repaying us until you choose to sell your home, or until after your death.