We only tend to buy care once in our lives. But when it comes to funding this care, it can be difficult to navigate the options that are available.
In 2013 legislation was passed in Scotland allowing care recipients to directly choose from whom their care could be provided. This means that once a person has been assessed to receive free personal care at home by their local Council, then they have a number of options available to them. Under Self Directed Support (SDS) legislation there are 4 options:
- Option 1 – The council pays you the money directly and you can spend this money with a private provider, such as Home Instead Senior Care, to deliver a personalised care package.
- Option 2 – You choose the support and care provider and the Council will pay on your behalf
- Option 3 – The traditional form of care delivery whereby the Council will provide the support directly
- Option 4 – a combination of the above.
Increasingly people are taking control of their own care packages and choosing to go down the Option 1 or Option 2 route. This puts clients in the driving seat allowing them to have care delivered to them at a time that suits them and by carers who are matched to them.
We also have a detailed section on SDS on our Information and Resources Page.