The changes brought about by the Care Act 2014 are wide-ranging and cover all adults with care and support needs, and their carers. Some of the changes strengthen the ways that councils already work and some are new responsibilities.
Newcastle City Council will determine a person’s eligibility for care and support based on the National Minimum Eligibility Criteria. As part of the needs assessment, they will determine if they are eligible for support.
The Local Authority will provide a care and support plan if all of the following apply:
- The adult’s needs arise from or are related to a physical or mental impairment or illness, and:
- as a result of the adult’s needs the adult is unable to achieve two or more of the specified outcomes, and:
- as a consequence of being unable to achieve these outcomes there is, or there is likely to be, a significant impact on the adult’s wellbeing.
As a result of the adult’s needs, they would be unable to achieve two or more of the following outcomes:
- Managing and maintaining their nutrition
- Maintaining their personal hygiene
- Managing their toilet needs
- Wearing appropriate clothes
- Maintaining a habitable home environment
- Being able to make safe use of their home
- Developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships
- Accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
- Making use of necessary services or facilities in the local community, including public transport and recreational facilities
- Carrying out any caring responsibilities they have for a child
The criteria regard the adult as being unable to achieve an outcome if they are:
- Unable to achieve it without assistance
- Able to achieve it without assistance but doing so causes them significant pain, distress or anxiety
- Able to achieve it without assistance but doing so endangers or is likely to endanger the health or safety of themselves or of others
- Able to achieve it without assistance but takes significantly longer than would normally be expected