The Isle of Wight Council is preparing for the introduction of the Care Act 2014, the biggest change to adult health and social care law for over 60 years.
The Care Act is designed to help make care and support more consistent across the country. The introduction of new legislation will be staged, with some changes being introduced over a two year period. The first changes come into force on 1 April 2015 with the government introducing a new national level of eligibility criteria for people to access care.
The government has launched a national advertising campaign, highlighting the forthcoming changes. Locally, the Isle of Wight Council has compiled a range of information about the Care Act on its website which will be regularly updated as work to implement the changes progresses.Information can be found at https://www.iwight.com/news/Preparations-underway-for-Care-Act-introduction, www.iwight.com/careact Government information about the Care Act can be found at www.gov.uk/careandsupport
IsleHelp, in partnership with Island Voluntary Sector advice services, offers face to face, telephone and digital advice facilities for people to obtain information, advice and guidance. The contact telephone number is: 01983 823898 Website: http://www.islehelp.org.uk/
Wight Island Support Hub (SWISH) is all about supporting Island people to access support, services and advice. The three main focuses are:
Digital Services; making sure people can access on line services.
Financial Capability; making sure people have access to banking, budgeting advice and if things have got out of hand, debt advice.
Customer Journey ensuring that whichever organisation a customer goes in to they get consistent advice and wherever possible their query is handled there and then or handed over to someone else who can help.
The MobIsle Information Service is an outreach public information facility, providing information and support about local services. The Service is delivered by People Matter IW from the Independent Living Centre. Their work enables people to stay living independently in their own homes as long as possible.
Remap is a national charity working through local groups of skilled volunteers to help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life.
They do this by designing and tailor making equipment for their individual needs. This helps them carry out essential daily tasks without having to ask for assistance, or take part in leisure occupations or sports that would otherwise be impossible for them.
Remap gives people with disabilities the joy of independence. Everything is given free to the person it helps.
Visit their website: http://www.remap.org.uk/