Paying for your Care
Funding your support is always a concern, but the good news is that support at home is often not as expensive as many people imagine. You may also qualify for some government assistance. We always recommend that you contact your local authority and enquire as to whether you need support. In a large number of cases the local authority may be able to help with some of the cost towards care.
Self directed support
Self-directed support is about people being in control of the support they need to live the life they choose. You may have heard it being referred to as ‘personalisation’ or ‘personal budgets’. There are different ways to describe it, but whatever name is given to it – it’s about giving people real power and control over their lives.
A personal budget
A personal budget is money that is available to someone who needs support. The money comes from their local authority. The person controlling the budget (or their representative) must:
- Know how much money they have for their support
- Be able to spend the money in ways and at times that make sense to them
- Know what outcomes need to be achieved with the money.
An individual budget
An individual budget is money for support that could come from several places – including social services, the Independent Living Fund and Supporting People.
A direct payment
A direct payment is money that is paid directly to you by your local authority so you can arrange your own support.