support with care costs


What is Self-Directed Support?

Self-Directed Support (SDS) is a form of support to help you to continue to live independently in your own home and can give you support with care costs. If you are assessed as needing support, you are automatically entitled to Self-Directed Support.

SDS Option 1 gives you the most control and choice about how to use your budget. This funding can be used in many ways, such as help having a bath, preparing meals, or getting washed and dressed. SDS Option1 also allows for you to arrange for someone to come in at times that suit you. For example, instead of carers from the local authority arriving at 7:00 am to help you start the day using a company such as Oran Care allows for choice. You choose when you would like carers to come. These changes may seem small but can make a significant impact on the quality of your everyday life.


How do I get Self-Directed Support?

A social worker will complete an assessment with you to work out the level of support you need and the best way for this support to be delivered. Once this assessment is complete, they will give you information about the different types of support available and how much funding you will receive.


What are the different types of Self-Directed Support?

There are three different types of Self-Directed Support:

Option 1 – You will receive a budget from the local authority which you can use to buy services yourself.

Option 2 – The local authority can organise services on your behalf

Option 3 – The local authority can organise all of your support using a single provider but they must still give you information about other options that might be available to you from different providers.

Depending on your circumstances and preferences, you can choose which option suits you best. You can read more about Self-Directed Support here.


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