If you have been assessed as being able to have services from us you can receive a Direct Payment. This is a sum of money given to you by us to buy your own care services. Direct Payments are one of the ways to handle a personal Social Care budget. Find out more about personal budgets.
A Direct Payment gives you more choice about the support you need, who will provide it and when.
If you do not wish to receive a Direct Payment to arrange your own care and support the Council will arrange the help for you.
- Personal Care (including employing a Personal Assistant)
- Day Activities
- Respite Care
- Support for daily living (keeping your home clean and safe)
- Nursing care
- Residential care (excess of 4 consecutive weeks)
- Alcohol, tobacco or drugs
- Illegal activities
- Equipment provided by the NHS
- Household bills
There are 3 ways of managing a Direct Payment. You can choose which is best for you:
- Nominated person
- Managed account
For clients who lack mental capacity, that is if they are unable to make decisions for themselves following a Mental Capacity Assessment and Best Interest decision an Authorised Person can manage the direct payment on the Service User’s behalf.
This Authorised Person can have a Managed Account.
- Direct Payment Card Account (currently unavailable)
- Direct Payment Bank Account
- Direct Payment Managed Account