How is wellbeing understood under the Care Act?

A full definition of the different aspects of wellbeing that are relevant can be found in the statutory guidance – ‘Chapter 1. Promoting wellbeing’.

‘Wellbeing’ is a broad concept. It is described as relating to the following areas in particular:

There is no hierarchy in the areas of wellbeing listed above – all are equally important. There is also no single definition of wellbeing, as how this is interpreted will depend on the individual, their circumstances and their priorities.

Wellbeing is a broad concept applying to several areas of life, not only to one or two. Therefore, using a holistic approach to ensure a clear understanding of the individual’s views is vital to identifying and defining wellbeing in each case.