Who is entitled to self directed support?

Anyone who receives support services from the local council, community support services, housing support services or children’s services may be entitled to self-directed support. This includes people with mental-health problems.

What can direct payments be spent on Scotland?

Direct payments can only be given to buy community care services and services for children. This includes equipment and temporary adaptations, housing support services and short breaks. The money is for you to use to arrange the services that the local authority has assessed you as needing.

What is self directed support in health and social care?

Self Directed Support is a way of providing social care support that empowers individuals to have informed choice about how support is provided to them with a focus on working together to achieve individual outcomes.

What is SDS in social care?

Self-Directed Support (SDS) is an approach to social care that puts the person at the centre of the support planning process. It enables people, carers and families to make informed choices about what their social care support is and how it is delivered.

What is the difference between direct payments and self-directed support?

Self-directed support describes a way of redesigning the social care system so that the people who get services can take much greater control over them. Direct payments and individual budgets give people who use social care the opportunity to control their care.

What are self-directed support carers?

Self-directed support ( SDS ) is a way of providing support that means people are given choice and control over what kind of support they get. It means that people can choose and arrange some or all of their own support instead of having it chosen and arranged by other people.

Can direct payments be paid to relatives?

You can use direct payments to buy services from an agency, for example, a home care agency, or to employ a carer or personal assistant. The local authority (LA) will not usually allow you to use direct payments to pay for services from your husband, wife or partner or from family members living with you.

What are the disadvantages of direct payments?

Disadvantages of direct payments

  • You may find it a burden having to commission your own care and support.
  • You may find yourself, for example, having to employ people and comply with tax and employment law which is often not straightforward.

What can self-directed support be used for?

Self-directed support can be used in many ways – like help with having a bath, or getting washed and dressed – as long as it meets your agreed outcomes. It can also mean providing you with any necessary adaptations or equipment which might help you.

What can I spend my carers personal budget on?

Here’s how some other carers have used their personal budgets:

  • travel expenses or fees to take up leisure or education activities.
  • health promotion activities such as exercise classes, gym membership, massages or relaxation or complementary therapies.
  • practical things such as a washing machine or a computer.

What is self-directed funding?

Self-directed funding means that you are in control of how, when and who delivers your support at home and in the community. This means you purchase and choose the support you need, employ the people you want and manage your available budget.

Can I use my direct payments for a holiday?

What are direct payments for short term breaks? It is not a method of paying for holidays – although in many instances, taking a short-term break could feel the same as taking a holiday. You do not have to be in receipt of direct payments to qualify for entitlement to a direct payment specifically for short breaks.

What are the regulations for self directed support in Scotland?

These Regulations are made under section 15 of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 (“the Act”) and make further provision about direct payments.

When did the self directed support act start?

The new law started on 1st April 2014. Councils must now offer people the 4 options for their support. You should contact the Social Work department at your local council if: you do not get support at the moment, but think you might be eligible for support. You can ask the Social Work department to do an outcome based needs assessment.

What are the options for self directed support?

Option 4 The selection by the supported person of Option 1, 2 or 3 for each type of support and, where it is provided by someone other than the authority, the payment by the local authority of the relevant amount in respect of the cost of the support. 8.2 All of the choices must be described to the supported person.

Who is ineligible for self-directed support regulation 9?

Regulation 9 sets out exceptions to the provision in regulation 8 allowing family members to provide support. Part 4 (regulation 10) provides that certain persons are ineligible to receive direct payments.