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Care Act and what has changed

The way that you get some services from us may have changed. You may not see any difference to your care because we are already doing many of the things the new Care Act says we must.

Getting help from us in your own home

You have more choice and control over the help you get. We will help you to:

  • put together a care and support plan
  • get help in your own home and find services and activities in your local community to improve your health and wellbeing

We will also include the needs of your family and anyone who looks after you when we arrange your care.
Your care and support plan will include:

  • information and advice about local organisations you can get help from
  • what help you can get from us
  • information about other care providers such as private care agencies.

Paying for care in your home

Your care and support plan will show you:

We may offer to give you the money to spend on the services you need – if you’re eligible. This is known as a 'direct payment'. 

We will also help you find independent financial advice so you can plan for your future care costs.

Care home costs

If you have to move into a care home, you won’t have to sell your home within your lifetime to pay for it.

We can pay the care home bills for you until you choose to sell your home or your estate can pay it after your death. This is known as a ‘deferred payment agreement’.

We will help you to find independent financial advice if you want to pay for your care home in another way.

If you look after someone else

If you look after someone with an illness or disability you have the same rights as the person you care for.

Carers assessment

Carers assessments to look at the effect your  caring role has on your life, health and emotions.

We use the assessment to put together a plan to help you manage your caring responsibilities. It will include information and advice about local organisations that can help you.

We may offer to give you the money to spend on the services you need – if you’re eligible. This is known as a 'direct payment'. 

You can have a carers assessment even if the person you care for doesn’t get any help from the council.

Moving out of the area

You can take your care plan with you if you move away from Leicestershire. We will work with the council in the area you move to, to make sure the services you get stay the same.

 

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