The Care Act - Services to be in Place by 1 April 2015
06/02/2015 19:15:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The Care Act 2014 introduces major reforms to the social care system, including the strongest ever rights for carers. I thought it would be helpful if I outlined the position which will affect many residents. In accordance with the Act, Croydon Council aims to have the following services in place by 1 April 2015:
CarePlace: an online directory of care and support services available in the borough of Croydon. The directory will include voluntary and statutory (such as health and social support) services, and links to other organisations that can offer advice and support. The directory will be constantly updated.
An updated charging policy, which will include arrangements for the ‘deferred payment agreements’ for care home fees brought in by the Act.
Robust processes that are ready to deal with any increase in demand for information, advice and services from individuals and carers.
Updated safeguarding procedures and provision of advocacy services.
Publication of a Market Position Statement that will indicate the level of care and support services available in Croydon. This Statement should also encourage the care and support sector to create or expand services in under-developed areas. Croydon has created a dedicated section on its website (www.croydon.gov.uk/careact) which will be regularly updated with the latest information on the Care Act. The section features a Frequently Asked Questions page, but if your question isn’t answered there then people can email email@example.com (after Monday 2 March) with any questions they may have about the Care Act and how it will affect them.
The Care Act also introduces a cap on care costs of £72,000, with Local Authorities being responsible for keeping a Care Account for any appropriate adult, including self-funders, assessed as having eligible needs. However, this cap does not come into effect until 1 April 2016 (and no care costs incurred prior to that can be included). Self-funders who are paying for care and support services privately are advised to contact social services and request an assessment of their care needs well before the introduction of the cap (from 1 October 2015 at the earliest). People who meet the national eligibility criteria will be allocated a personal budget for their care needs, then, from April 2016 this will be credited to their Care Account and they will start building towards the cap.
The Carers Support Centre in George Street are also offering advice and sessions on how the Act may affect you.