Care Act 2014: Care and support is changing in Oldham
Care and support
What is changing?
- New national eligibility criteria to access care and support
- New support for carers
- Universal deferred payment agreements to help manage care costs
Needs and Eligibility
For the first time, there will be a national set of rules about who can get help with their care and support needs which all Councils must use.
Even if you’re not eligible for care and support from the Council, we may be able to provide information or advice about what other assistance might be available within your local community to support your wellbeing and help you remain independent for longer.
New 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.
Deferred Payment Agreements
Deferred payment agreements are available across England.
This means that people should not have to sell their homes within their lifetime to pay for their care home costs.
A deferred payment agreement is effectively a loan arrangement with the council that will let some people use the value of their homes to pay for the cost of 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.
From April 2016
More changes to the way people pay for care and support will be introduced in 2016. These are intended to protect people with the highest needs from facing unlimited care costs.
- A lifetime cap on care costs
- The amount of capital (or savings) taken into account when working out what you must pay towards your care costs will be increased