Self Directed Support gives you more choice and flexibility in what support you get from us.

Support can mean help with:

  • Getting washed, dressed, going to the toilet and getting around
  • Shopping, preparing meals or eating and drinking
  • Keeping yourself safe
  • Having things to do during the day, for example meeting up with friends and taking part in a hobby
  • Caring for someone close to you

Self Directed Support can help you live more independently by giving you choice, control, and flexibility over your support. It means that you may be able to get a cash payment and choose how to spend it on social care services. You can also work with us on choosing and arranging these services.

How do I get Self Directed Support?

You will need to have a social work assessment. This will tell you if you meet the conditions for getting care and support from us.

If you do meet these conditions, we will tell you how much it will cost to provide the services you need. We can help you to plan your support.

If you can't get Self Directed Support, we will tell you when we assess you.

Please contact your local Social Work office if you haven’t already had an assessment and you think you need one.

How does Self Directed Support work?

Self Directed Support gives you four options.

Option 1

You take a direct payment and arrange your own support. We will tell you how much the services you can get will cost.

These services could include:

  • Employing people to support you
  • Buying support from an organisation
  • Using the money to buy other help, for example ordering your shopping on the internet if you’re not able to go to the shops

Option 2

You choose what support you want and who will provide it. We will arrange and pay for the services you have chosen.

Option 3

You ask us to choose, arrange and pay for the right support for you.

Option 4

A mixture of options 1, 2 and 3. You can choose to have a mixture of the first three options for different parts of your support. You will need to agree which options you wish to choose with the person who does your assessment.

You can ask other people to help you to plan your support, for example:

  • Family and friends
  • Your care worker
  • The Forth Valley Self Directed Support service
  • Another organisation that is helping you