The Care Act 2014 – Prevention

The Care Act 2014 – Prevention

The new Care Act 2014 states that a Local Authority must provide or arrange for the provision of services, facilities or resources, or take other steps, which will

a) contribute towards preventing or delaying adults in its area needing care and support;
b) contribute towards preventing or delaying carers in its area needing care and support;
c) reduce the needs for care and support of adults in its area;
d) reduce the needs for support of carers in its area.

The Local Authority must then have regard to –

a) the importance of identifying services, facilities and resources already available in the authority’s area and the extent to which the authority could involve or make use of them in performing that duty;
b) the importance of identifying adults in the authority’s area with needs for care and support which are not being met;
c) the importance of identifying carers in the authority’s area with needs for care and support which are not being met.

Unfortunately at this current moment in time there is no “new” money available to enable Local Authorities to concentrate on prevention although it is to be hoped that this short-sightedness will not continue – there is an election in the not too distant future!

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