For far too long people’s needs assessments have been driven by the service on offer or that can be provided in a particular area…such an approach fails to recognise the richness and complexity of people’s lives and fails to support or promote truly person-centred care.Local authorities should also engage with local providers, to help each other understand what services are likely to be needed in the future, and what new types of support should be developed.To do this, authorities should engage with local people about their needs and aspirations.These were spread across a number of Acts of Parliament, some over 60 years old. We wanted to design a simpler, modern law for 21st Century care and support.
Legal entitlements or duties make clear what local authorities must do, and what people can expect, so that everyone knows where they stand.
Local authorities have to consider various factors: In taking on this role, local authorities need to work with their communities and provide or arrange services that help to keep people well and independent.
This should include identifying the local support and resources already available, and helping people to access them.
Local authorities should also provide or arrange a range of services which are aimed at reducing needs and helping people regain skills, for instance after a spell in hospital.
They should work with other partners, like the NHS, to think about what types of service local people may need now and in the future.This is to make sure that people who live in their areas: The Care Act helps to improve people’s independence and wellbeing.