The Care Act 2014 makes clear that local authorities must provide or arrange services that help to prevent people developing care and support needs, or delay people reaching the point where they need ongoing care and support.
Even if you don’t want or need financial help with your care, your local authority can still help you plan your care.
Local authorities must work with people in their areas to provide or arrange services that help to keep people well and independent. This should include noting the local support and resources already available, and helping people to access them.
If you think you need care now, or in the very near future, the best way to plan your care and find out about your care needs is to ask your local authority for a care assessment.