Health and Social Care Law
Thousands of people across the UK depend on health and social care services. However, planning for a future where you or a loved one relies on a care service can be a daunting prospect, especially where you do not have any experience with the relevant processes. This is where our health and social care solicitors can be of assistance.
Here at Tayntons, we have an experienced team of solicitors ready to help clients when their relatives or loved ones need to understand the relevant processes when a person needs to look at care services.
There are many different domains of care, and there is a range of different care services and products to best help meet your needs.
How our adult health and social care solicitors can help you
Going into care
The local authority has a legal duty to meet any eligible care needs under the Care Act 2014. However, you may have some concerns or are unhappy with the local authority’s involvement in these areas.
Our adult social care solicitors can assist with locating suitable care providers or residential care options as well as help to arrange care needs assessments and develop independent care plans, whether you wish to receive care at home or in a residential care setting.
If there is a dispute and you are unhappy with the outcome of a local authority care needs assessment or best interests’ decision, then we may be able to help you challenge this.
There are many complexities involved in care funding, which can vary depending on the circumstances. As such, we can advise you on aspects such as:
- Eligibility for care funding, including local authority contributions and NHS Continuing Health Care;
- Third party top-up arrangements;
- Financial needs assessments;
- Deprivation of capital rules; and
- Deferred payment schemes.
Health and social care FAQs
What is the Care Act 2014?
The Care Act 2014 (which came into effect in 2015) dictates how adult social care in England should be provided by local authorities. It outlines the way carers’ assessments and needs assessments should be conducted, determines who should be eligible for support and how local authorities should charge for residential care.
The Care Act is primarily for adults in need of care and support, as well as their adult carers. There are certain provisions in place for the transition of children in need of support, as well as parents and young carers. The main provisions for these groups are found in the Children and Families Act 2014.
What are the ‘wellbeing’ principles?
The Care Act 2014 places a duty on local authorities to look after and promote an individual’s ‘wellbeing’. In this case, wellbeing can relate to anything from personal dignity, physical and mental health and domestic, family and personal relationships.
These wellbeing principles are also a part of the eligibility criteria.
Who is eligible for care funding?
The relevant council or local authority will conduct a means tested assessment to determine whether you are eligible for care funding.
You may be eligible for funding (the amount of which can vary) if you have less than £23,250 in savings (called the upper capital limit, or UCL). From October 2023, social care reforms are due to come into effect. However, given the current political climate, this could be subject to change. Our expert team can advise further about how these prospective changes may impact you.
Why choose Tayntons health and social care Solicitors?
Tayntons solicitors and solicitors have years of experience helping people with all aspects of deputyship in Gloucester, and throughout Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean as well as covering the rest of the UK.
We have the expertise to make handling the affairs of a loved one who needs your support as simple and straightforward as possible, giving you complete peace of mind that they are being looked after appropriately. We will talk through everything you need to know in plain English, so you can be absolutely sure you are making the right decisions and know what to expect at all times.
Tayntons is Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for our excellent practice management and client care and we are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Get in touch with our Adult Social Care solicitors in Gloucester
Need help with an aspect of Adult Social Care law in Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Forest of Dean or anywhere in Gloucestershire or anywhere in the UK?