From April 2015:
The Act is divided into three main parts.
As a carer you may be eligible for support, such as a direct payment to spend on the things that make caring easier; or practical support, like arranging for someone to step in when you need a short break. The council covering the area where the person you care for lives can help you find the right support and you can ask them for a carer’s assessment. A carer’s assessment will look at the different ways that caring affects your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be at the heart of this assessment.
You can have a carer’s assessment even if the person you care for does not get any help from the council, and they will not need to be assessed. For more information about support for carers please click here.
Independent Age has created the Independent Age Guide that concentrates on parts of the Care Act that will most affect people who use social care services, or who may need to use them in the future. This includes people who fund their own care. The guide includes lots of information to help you to understand how the Care Act may impact on your circumstances including information about:
There is also information about care and support on NHS Choices. You can visit the page here.