This gives you the freedom to choose who you would like to provide your care and to specify the type of care services you want. It also gives you the flexibility to alter the type of services if your needs change.

Anyone can arrange homecare services and fund it themselves. It is not something that has to be done through social services. Our fees are surprisingly affordable.

There might be funding options available to you so it is always worth contacting your local Social Services department first for information about this.

Direct Payments

Direct Payments are cash payments that Social Services pay to you, instead of giving you a service. Social Services will first carry out an assessment of your needs and eligibility for a funded service and once this is established, the money will be paid direct to you.

In order to help people understand Direct Payments and what it means to you go to..

Introduction to Financial Support

Are direct payments right for me?

You need to think about whether direct payments are best for you.

If you hire your own care worker their contract is with you and not the council. Remember to read all contracts very carefully and make sure there are no hidden charges. You should also know your obligations in law as an employer.

Make sure you get a good deal for your money. Be careful about letting others pay for things on your behalf, or if they ask you for large lump-sum payments up front. Don't be afraid to question them and find out exactly what the money is for.

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