Once you have agreed your personal outcomes, under SDS, you have 4 options to choose from about how you would like your Support Plan to be managed. Your Assessor will tell you about each option and discuss what they mean for you. If you want you can involve your family, carers or a support organisation to help you choose and decide.
Your Options are:
A Direct Payment – If you choose to take a direct payment, you will receive money from the Council into a separate bank account. . You can manage this independently or with the support of an accountant if you choose. You can, either on your own or with help, employ your own support staff (personal assistant/s) or employ the services of a care organisation. Your personal assistant/s or care organisation will help you to meet your agreed outcomes, as identified in your support plan. Your Assessor will be able to provide you with further information about the help available if you choose this Option.
An Individual Service Fund – If you want to direct your own support but do not want to manage the budget, you can choose a care organisation, support agency or the local authority to do this for you. They will arrange and/or provide your support for you. The local authority will pay the care organisation or support agency directly. Your Assessor will be able to provide you with further information about the help available if you choose this Option.
The Local Authority– You can ask the local authority to arrange your support for you. You can select a care organisation to provide your support or the local authority can select one for you. The local authority will make all of the arrangements for you.
A Mix of Options 1, 2 and 3 – You can choose a mix of options 1, 2 and/or 3 for different types of support. This option allows you to have different levels of control over different aspects of your support. Your Assessor will be able to provide you with more information if you choose this Option.
Reviewing your Support Plan
You and your Assessor or Reviewing Officer (with any relevant person you choose) will regularly review your Support Plan to check if it is working and that you are achieving your agreed personal outcomes.
Reviewing your Support Plan means taking time to look at how things are working, checking if your outcomes are still the same and if the support arrangements are helping to meet them. Once the review is completed, your Support Plan will be updated with any required changes.
The review date will be agreed in your Support Plan, or arranged in response to changes in your circumstances.