Self directed support takes effect this month

Aberdeenshire Council is reminding people that Self Directed Support came in to effect on 1st April this year.

This means anyone who is eligible for help and support to live as independently as possible in their community will now be more in control of their own care budget.

Aberdeenshire Council has been running a small scale Self Directed Support pilot for almost three years. Over 80 people are participating with personalised support plans in place. Some of these people hold their budget as a direct payment while others hold part of it as a direct payment, alongside some council services. In addition around 350 people in Aberdeenshire have been organising and managing their care for a number of years using a direct payment.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of older people and disabilities services Patricia Maclachlan, said: “Self Directed Support is designed to put people who need care and support more in control of the support they receive and how it is delivered.

“It focuses on achieving personal outcomes and enabling people who might be attending a day service to choose alternative ways to meet their outcomes.

“Self Directed Support will significantly change the way we work with vulnerable people. It represents a challenging new model for delivering social care and empowering people through more choice and control over how their needs are met.”

In preparation for the launch of Self Directed Support, information sessions have taken place across Aberdeenshire. The council has consulted with people who use social care service and their families and published information explaining the changes to all those who might be affected.