Changes to the Care System and Caring for the Elderly

Changing Support System for Changing Needs

In December 2014, the Department of Health published changes to the care system. The Care Act came into effect in April 2015.

People are living longelderly care and supporter than ever before, they enjoy a better quality of life and their care and support needs have changed.

These changing needs must be addressed by the care and support system.



The Care Act

The Care Act places a duty on Local Authorities to help people stay independent for longer and to identify and tackle unmet need.

Thorough assessments for care-givers and those they care for will record the level of personal needs and determine what support should be given. These assessments take into account the age of the care-giver, the preferences of the cared for about what care they receive and how much and what type of support carers give.

After the assessment, a tailored care and support plan will be devised for the individuals based on their needs and wishes, so the cared for can remain independent for longer and the carer’s rights are further recognised and supported.

Financial Aid

Different payment methods and more financial support are now available on the Care Act.

It is now a legal right to receive a personal budget from your local council to pay for your care, personalised to the cost of your individual needs. The option to defer paying care home costs is also a legal right, as is a new care cost cap, a form of protection from unlimited care costs.

For further information about the Care Act and how it could affect you, see The Care Act Factsheet or Assessment and the Care Act Factsheet.

Omega Partnerships

The ID Band Company have partnered with Omega, a charity providing support to caring families who are looking after someone with a life-limiting condition.

Omega also supports, the frail-elderly, the socially isolated, people nearing the end of life and the bereaved. The charity provides access to information and offers a range of non-clinical support. By sharing coping strategies, encouraging peer-support, facilitating group support sessions and arranging social activities and short-term respite for care-givers, Omega builds resilience by encouraging self-help and peer support.

In addition, outreach activity is used to identify others who are in need of help.
The Omega care for life approach reflects the reality that caring is everyone’s business, a pressing, public health issue. The caring community is dependent upon self-help, peer support and a great deal of stamina. The ID Band Company have created personalised wristbands for Omega to help raise awareness of this great cause.

Omega is the home of the COmega carehatterbox Action Against Loneliness and Crisis Support Programme which matches lonely clients and those in crisis with volunteer befrienders. Many Chatterbox clients are vulnerable and at risk.

Telecare and, simple practical measures offered by Omega, can have an important role in meeting the care needs of a growing, ageing population. Medical advances prolong lives, but this can put social care and health service provision under pressure to meet rising demand. If you would like to help Omega and the ID Band Company share the caring but are not sure how, please contact the Omega care for life team at or telephone: 0845 259 3163. Please mention this Care and Support & You article when responding.