Funding for Care at Home

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, 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.

At Home Instead Senior Care we have produced a Home Care Funding Fact Sheet. If you would like a copy or would like to discuss your options for funding care please call us on 01555 666474 or email me at

More information on Self-Directed Support (SDS) can also be found on our Information and Resources page - click link below.

Information and Resources.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home