Key Care and Support at Home Subjects

Assessment and planning

The Care Act 2014 emphasises the importance of involving individuals in all aspects of their care and support including self-assessment and service planning if that is their wish. Find a range of useful resources on assessment and care and support planning for professionals involved in these processes.

Commissioning and procurement

Policy, practice examples, tools and other resources to aid commissioners and providers to develop a wide range of care and support services based on local need and aspirations, which support people to live fulfilling and independent lives in their own homes.

Innovative service provision

Examples of innovative service models, many illustrating an integrated approach to service provision.

Co-production and communities

There are many initiatives, some led or involving housing providers, which illustrate the value of facilitating community development, co-production and user-led provision. Find information on the benefits and challenges of these approaches, top tips, studies and examples.

Prevention and quality outcomes

Supporting people to live well and independently in their own home meets the wishes of the growing number of older and disabled people in the UK, and in most cases will cost the public purse less than care in a care home or hospital. Section 2 of the Care Act 2014 requires local authorities to provide or arrange services, facilities or resources, or take other steps in order to prevent or delay the development of needs for care or support amongst adults and their carers living in their area, or reduce these needs.

These pages contain information on approaches designed to improve the quality of services and outcomes for people.

Adult Safeguarding

The Care Act 2014 makes it clear that the housing sector has an important contribution to make in safeguarding its customers, working in co-operation with the local authority and others in the public, private or voluntary sectors. These resources will be of particular interest to housing providers, local authority safeguarding leads and chairs of Safeguarding Adults Boards.

End of Life Care

Find resources intended to raise awareness among housing and care practitioners and providers of the current agendas and developments in practice around end of life care. Also tools that have been developed to assist with the provision of end of life care services in the community.

Home services locator

EAC's directory of Home Services. This comprehensive database covers known provision of care and support services for older and vulnerable people at home in the UK.

Key Resources

Statutory guidance to support local authorities implement the Care Act 2014

The Department of Health has refreshed the Care and Support statutory guidance that supports implementation of part 1 of the Care Act 2014 by local authorities, the NHS, the police and other partners.

Care and Support in Housing with Care for Older People: Policy Technical Brief

This Housing LIN Policy Technical Brief covers changes in the national policy framework since the 2010 Technical Brief on care and support in Extra Care Housing was written.

Growing Older Together: An Overview of Collaborative Forms of Housing for Older People

This Housing LIN Case Study Report shows how collaborative models of service delivery for older people are now being widely adopted in the heath and care sectors and suggests that housing could do more to embrace this.

Developing your local housing offer for health and care

Updated in 2016, this tool acknowledges the significance of housing as a partner and contributor to achieving the aims of health and social care services.

End of life care in extra care housing - learning and resource pack for housing, care and support staff

A resource pack full of practical advice, case studies and links to useful resources about all aspects of end of life from prognosis, conversations about dying and person centred planning through to important considerations after death.

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