How the Care Act 2015 will affect local people • Preston Guild City
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by  Alan Frew, managing director of Preston-based homecare specialist, Community Life Choices.

The Care Act, which came into effect on 1st April 2015, is the biggest reform to social care for 60 years.

The new legislation, which applies to all of England, replaces out-of-date and often confusing care laws. This is great news for the Lancashire care sector, which alone serves more than 30,000 people and plays host to 100,000 carers and 14 local authorities.

The modernised system sets out to make care and support more consistent and give people greater independence and involvement in how they gain support that best meets their needs.

Importantly, the Care Act moves away from the traditional system where an assessor looked at ‘needs’ and based their decisions on what people are ‘unable’ to do.

Under the reforms, Councils will now look at each individual with a focus on their strengths and what they want to do. Ultimately, the changes mean that people will be assisted to live as independently as possible.

As a leading homecare specialist that provides person-centred care and support for adults, children and elderly people that enables them to live independently in their own homes, we’re delighted with the recent changes. They show that policymakers have really taken the time to properly understand our industry and implement measures that help the industry to improve.

Our customer-led approach is ideally suited to the personalisation at the heart of the Care Act and with state provision under increasing strain; we are one of the few players in the marketplace with a business model founded on the principles of individual choice and control.

Whilst not all changes are immediate, with deferred payment agreements and a cap on care costs coming into force in April 2016, people will see instant improvements in how they receive personalised care and support.

For more information on the Care Act and to see how Community Life Choices can help you or a loved one, contact us today on 01772 804088 or email