When purchasing home care, it is best that you fully understand the funding options available to you.
It is very often a challenging and confusing situation, however, do not let this allow you to settle for a service anything other than GREAT!
It is a life-changing experience so you must ensure you get the most reliable, dignified and compassionate service that you deserve.
Rather than settling for arranged local authority services we feel we must make you aware of the many choices available to you. Yes, local authority services can be an option yet there are others which can be more beneficial. One of which we recommend is the funding known as “direct payments” which are voluntary, to help fund a higher standard of care that truly suits your needs.
It’s easy to set up direct payments. A direct payment will be created after an assessment by social services. If the council decides that you need any kind of support, you will receive a personal budget which you can choose to receive as a direct payment instead of letting them arrange your service for you.
Why choose a Direct Payment?
Direct payments were introduced to give people like you more choice and control over how your care and support is arranged, to help you live more independently.
The direct payment is paid to you by the council so that you can decide how you want to cater to your care and support needs. Many people choose to put this contribution towards a higher standard of care to receive reliable and personalised service.
Will I qualify for Direct Payments?
In most cases, if you or the person you’re looking after are assessed and social services decide you need support services, they must offer you the option of receiving direct payments to arrange care and support yourself, instead of having it arranged for you.
If you want a direct payment, but do not wish to manage it yourself, a nominated person can receive the direct payment and manage it on your behalf. If a person lacks the capacity to request a direct payment, an “Authorised Person” can request a direct payment and manage it on their behalf.