The Scottish Government introduced The Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. The Act came into force on 01 April 2014 and places a duty on local authority social work departments to offer people who are eligible for social care a range of choices over how they receive their social care and support.
Self-directed support is about you being in control of the support you need to live the life you want, your way. It offers choice, flexibility and control over the support when you need it. You may also hear people calling it “Personalisation”, “Direct Payments” or “individual budgets”. It’s about giving you more control over your life and the way you want to live it. At Specialist Resource Solutions Ltd we fully believe and are committed to the principles of Self Directed Support. We believe in putting you at the centre of the care and support you need. We will work in partnership with you in order to achieve the best outcomes in your life.
Who is eligible for Self Directed Support?
To find out if you are eligible you can contact your local social work office or care manager to discuss and arrange an assessment of your care needs. If you have had an assessment of your care needs and have been assessed as needing services, you are very likely to be eligible for Self Directed Support.
How does it work?
This assessment will identify the help and care you need to live your life successfully and to keep you healthy and safe. This will involve you and your care manager and may also involve others in your life such as family and friends. Following this assessment you will be allocated a personal budget which will indicate how much money may be available to allow you to begin planning your support.