I sat down to write this article on care and immediately felt overwhelmed!
You can hardly have missed the recent news coverage about the problems in the NHS and social care. While I may struggle to think about how I could possibly tackle these issues in 400 words, this is nothing compared to the distressing experiences of many people I work with at the frontline of this crisis.
In these posts we have often enough spoken of the practical differences of the rights of married partners and those cohabiting without being married. These differences often emerge when a relationship breaks down but the position on death can be equally stark.
The Care Act 2014, is the main law that currently governs adult social care. The first part of this Act came into force in April 2015 and covers all aspects of social care, carer’s assessments, eligibility, care planning and issues such as financial assessments, safeguarding and entitlement to advocacy support. The second part of the act was due to come into effect in April 2016 and was going to introduce a “care cap” limiting the amount of care fees a person could expect to pay, after which they would be entitled to assistance from the state. Whilst these proposals were by no means perfect, they at least offered a degree of certainty to people who pay for care services. It was a big disappointment then when they were quietly and, for those paying for care, devastatingly, shelved. The current plan is that the cap may be introduced in 2020, but don’t bet your (ever reducing) savings on it.