What is Self-Directed Support

People who are eligible for services can choose how much input or responsibility they wish to have in managing their care and support needs.

Self-directed support (SDS) gives you more control over the money available to meet care and support needs. SDS allows you to make personalised choices about the support you need based on what is important:

  • To you, and what you want to achieve

  • To help you keep well

You can choose how you want your support to be organised and managed. There are four options to choose from:

  • Option 1 – You can receive money directly to spend on what you need (this is called a direct payment)

  • Option 2 – you decide and direct how you want to spend your budget, but choose not to take responsibility for the financial management

  • Option 3 – you want us to arrange and manage your support for you

  • Option 4 – a mix of option 1, 2 and 3

Following a conversation about is important to you, what you want to achieve and how best that can be supported, you will be allocated a budget to spend on the support you need to lead you to lead a good life. We will help you complete a personal care plan that will include how this budget will be spent using one or more options. Other people can also help support you with this.

As part of the application process for a direct payment, a financial assessment will also be completed. This will be used to identify if you should pay towards your own care and by what amount. The amount of your direct payment will depend on the outcome of our conversation about your support needs and your personalised care plan.

To request self-directed support or have a conversation about your needs, please contact us on: