What is self-directed support?
Self-directed support (SDS) gives you more flexibility, choice, and control over the care and support you need. It means you can decide where, when and in what way you get your support. You can also have as little, or as much help as you want to arrange your support.
How do I get self-directed support?
- Relatives or carers
- Health and social care staff
- GP or acute hospital staff
- Voluntary organisations
- Education professionals or teachers
- Court system officers
What are my self-directed support choices?
There are four methods that you can choose from to help you plan, pay for and manage your support. A professional will help you choose a support plan and agree your individual budget. You will be financially assessed and may need to contribute towards your support. Self-directed Support will not affect any benefits that you receive.
The support plan options are:
Individual service fund:
We will choose, arrange and manage the support that is best for you.
Mixture of all three options:
A combination of the above three options can be chosen. For example: a personal assistant to help with washing and dressing (direct payment) and attend daycare for social interaction and being part of your community (arranged services).
Who can help me with SDS queries?
Our independent living adviser can provide advice and guidance on all SDS options, as well as employment law.
- To find out how we can help, please call 01294 476148
- Independent Living Adviser, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Caley Court Resource Centre, Moorpark Road West, Stevenston KA20 3HU
Ayrshire independent living network (AILN)
AILN provides free advice and support about SDS. They work with partner organisations to provide solutions for people who want to explore self-directed support.
You can visit AILN’s accessible offices or an experienced SDS advisor will visit you in your own home.
- To find out how Ayrshire Independent Living Network can help, please call 01294 475685
- Ayrshire Independent Living Network, The Michael Lynch Centre for Enterprise, 71 Princes Street, Ardrossan KA22 8DG