Individuals with care and support needs may receive a personal budget from their local authority. These individuals will have the opportunity to develop their own support plan and once their support plan has been agreed by their local council, they may choose to take their Personal Budget as a Direct Payment.
The Self-Directed Support Team can help individuals to organise their Direct Payments and the support that they need.
A Social Worker or Care Manager will assess an individuals support needs and let them know if they meet the eligibility criteria for a funded service. If they do, they will ask the individual if they want to consider Direct Payments.
Direct Payments are an important way of ensuring that more people can continue to live independently in their own homes. Individuals have greater control over their life with Direct Payments because they can make decisions about how to provide the care that they need. Direct payments must be used for meeting an individual’s assessed care needs and agreed outcomes.
The Self-Directed Support Team will work with an individual and their carers to work through the process of setting up and managing Direct Payments. They may also provide support to the individual if they wish to employ their own staff to meet their support needs, from recruitment to employment, or to engage the services of an agency of other provider.
The Self-Directed Support Team at Medway Council can be contacted on:
Phone: (01634) 331351
To find out more about the Medway Direct Payment Scheme please click here to go to their website.