The Care Act 2014 means radical changes to how care is delivered. In theory, this means that there should be more focus than in the past on preventing health problems from occurring, rather than just responding to existing needs.

The Care Act 2014 identifies three stages of prevention. Each of these puts a focus on the services that are best placed to prevent care and support needs increasing.

The stages of prevention

  • Primary prevention/promoting wellbeing – providing access for everyone to good quality information, supporting safer neighbourhoods, promoting healthy active lifestyles, reducing isolation and encouraging early discussion about potential care arrangements
  • Secondary prevention/early intervention – this may include falls prevention, minor adaptations to housing or telecare services
  • Delay/tertiary prevention – including the provision of rehabilitation services, reablement services and respite care

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