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Prevention and Keeping Well

The Care Act should help to improve services and bring greater national consistency to Adult Social Care provision. In St Helens we will continue to work closely with all our partners to prevent local people developing care and support needs and to improve well-being.

How will the Act help prevent people developing care and support needs?

The Care Act will help to improve people’s independence and well-being. It makes clear that local authorities will arrange services that help prevent or delay people deteriorating such that they would need ongoing care and support.

Local authorities will have to consider various factors:

  • what services, facilities and resources are already available in the area (for example local voluntary and community groups), and how these might help local people; 
  • identifying people in the local area who might have care and support needs that are not being met; 
  • identifying carers in the area who might have support needs that are not being met. 

This is to make sure that people who live in their areas: 

  • receive services that prevent their care needs from becoming more serious, or delay the impact of their needs;
  • can get the information and advice they need to make good decisions about care and support; 
  • have a range of high-quality care providers to choose from.

Please read the St. Helens Council Care Act booklet for more information.