Care costs to be discussed by councillors

Woodhill House. Copyright Colin Walker
Woodhill House. Copyright Colin Walker

The implications of Self Directed Support and how it affects costs to the council is to be discussed by councillors at the next meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee.

Elected members will be told that expectations have been raised by the introduction of Self Directed Support which has generated increased pressures on council budgets.

This is particularly evident where someone is assessed as having high dependency or substantial care needs and chooses to take a personal budget to remain at home with care rather than moving to a registered care setting.

Elected members are being asked to apply a threshold for personal care allowances for people over 65 from February 2015. The threshold would be the equivalent of the cost of residential care for over 65s, currently £505.46 per week (reviewed annually).

The council acknowledges that every case must be considered on its own merit. Therefore elected members will also be asked to agree that the policy should include provision for individual decisions to be reviewed by a senior officer, where special or individual circumstances may demonstrate that the threshold should be exceeded.