The Care Act and implications for practioners of the national eligibility threshold

The Care Act represents a fundamental shift for practitioners to thinking holistically about the assessment process and eligibility determinations. There are key changes in the way eligibility is determined, such as the following:

The introduction of a national eligibility threshold provides greater transparency in decision-making. The overall process should ultimately be a shared process with the adult/carer. The assessment/eligibility determination process should be done in partnership. However, the final decision regarding eligibility rests with the local authority.

Practitioners need to think more broadly about what support might be available in the local community, including support for carers so that they are able to sustain their caring role. Similarly for carers, it may be sensible to invest in a little more care for the individual for whom they provide care to help improve the carer’s ability to sustain their support for that individual.