Self Directed Support is the new way we provide adult social care. If you qualify for funded support from us, you will now have more choice and control over:
If you qualify for funded support, we will provide you with a Personal Budget.
A sum of money you can use to buy the support you need to help you live independently. You will have to complete an assessment which asks about the aspects of your life you need help and support with. We will use the information on the form to decide how much money you can have.
Once you know how much money you have, you can work out a support plan. This will show how you would like to use the money to make any changes to the help you need to remain as independent as possible. You can spend the money on what you like as long as it will improve your life and you can show us that it will meet your needs.
The Personal Budget cannot be spent on anything that other money normally pays for such as food, rent, cigarettes, alcohol, or health care needs. It also cannot be spent on gambling or anything illegal.
To read examples of how people in Derby have used their Personal Budgets, visit our Customer Stories page.
There are a number of ways you can choose to manage all or part of your Personal Budget.
A direct payment can be made to one or more of these...
We can provide and arrange care and support for you and manage your Personal Budget on your behalf. If we hold the money, we will only be able to use agencies and providers that are registered with the Care Quality Commission and are on the Council's approved provider list, to provide your care and support.
The amount of money you will have to contribute to your Personal Budget depends on your individual circumstances.
We will ask if you want us to do a financial assessment to look at your income, savings, amount of your allocated Personal Budget and your personal circumstances to work out how much you have to contribute. If your savings are above £23,250 you will have to pay the full amount towards meeting your support needs.
You don't have to have a financial assessment but if you choose not to, you will have to pay the full cost of your support. We can still offer you support with benefits advice even if you don't have a financial assessment.
The Adult Social Care financial assessment page explains more about financial assessments.
You can choose to spend your Personal Budget on a variety of support to help you live an independent life, here are a few examples...