Assessment for residential accommodation

The following Private Client practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Assessment for residential accommodation
  • Local authority responsibility
  • Pre-Care Act 2014: 'suffering as a result of age, illness, disability or any other circumstances'
  • Pre-Care Act 2014: 'care and attention'
  • Pre-Care Act 2014: 'not otherwise available to them'

Assessment for residential accommodation

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This Practice Note explains the criteria for the provision of residential accommodation in England and Wales under Care Act 2014. Social Care in Wales is governed by the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

When confronted with issues concerning residential accommodation, the practitioner is most likely to be dealing with one or both of the need for admittance to and the running of such accommodation. The legislation in respect of both situations is complex. To add confusion, the provision of residential care falls within both the local authority and private domains.

In respect of the provision of residential accommodation, the practitioner should be equipped with the primary relevant legislation:

  1. National Assistance Act 1948 (NAA 1948)

  2. Health and Social Care Act 2008 (HSCA 2008)

  3. Care Act 2014 (CA 2014)

  4. Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations 2015

Local authority responsibility

Although heavily amended over the years, NAA 1948 was the basis of the pre-Care Act 2014 responsibilities of local authorities for the provision of:

'… residential accommodation for persons aged eighteen or over who by reason of age, illness, disability or any other circumstances are in need of care

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