What is self-directed support?

pic 2Self-Directed Support (SDS) is a social care system which aims to provide individuals with the choice and control to be able to arrange their own support services. Since April 2014, older people can use SDS to provide services to support them to live independently at home.

You must be eligible for social care support to receive SDS. You need to ask East Lothian Council social work department to carry out this assessment. Part of this will look at whether you can afford to pay for services yourself. When someone has been assessed as eligible and ‘allocated’ a budget by social work, they can choose between 4 options:
Direct Payment
A cash payment is made directly to you and you can use this cash to buy what you need
Individual service fund
You choose what service you would like and East Lothian Council holds your budgets and makes the arrangements on your behalf
Direct service
East Lothian Council selects the support themselves and arranges it
A combination
You can chose the above options and mix and match them to get what you need

For more information visit Self-Directed Support Scotland or download this A Guide to Self-Directed Support in Scotland