Self-Directed Support (SDS) is the support a person purchases or arranges to meet agreed health and social care outcomes. This is usually done following an assessment of needs from their local authority/specialist social work service.
This support can be directed in 1 of 4 different ways:
Option 1 – The person can receive money from the local authority to pay for the support. This is known as a Direct Payment.
Option 2 – The person will take control of their support plan, but responsibility for managing the budget will be given to a third party. The third party is chosen by the person, but will need to be approved by the local authority first.
Option 3 – The local authority can arrange and manage the support.
Option 4 – A mix of the first 3 options.
In most cases, the person will have a financial assessment through their local authority to see whether they will need to pay anything towards their support. This should all be explained by the local authority either before or during an assessment of needs. It is an important thing to remember and to share with someone you know is due to be assessed, especially if it is their first time.
To find out more, contact your local authority Social Work department or click on our Social Work section on the website to see whether our Social Work Team covers your area.
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