Taking Charge - a short guide to self-directed support for people with dementia and their carers
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Printed, single copies of this publication are also available free to people with dementia and family carers in Scotland via the 24 hour Dementia Helpline 0808 808 3000.
Traditionally, people receiving services from social work and housing have been offered little choice over both the kind of support provided and the time it is delivered. They also haven't been told how much their care and support actually costs, apart from what they are asked to pay themselves.
There are other options available which could give people more flexibility, choice and control over the support and services they get to help them live at home more independently. These options all come under the term Self-Directed Support, which is not the name of a particular type of service, but is a way for individuals to work with the social work department, other organisations and paid workers to put together a package of care that suits their needs and the way they want to live their lives.
This booklet explains how self-directed support works so you can decide if it could be for you. It covers the basics of:
- how self-directed support works
- contracting with an agency or voluntary organisation
- employing your own personal assistant
- managing your own support and funding.
It also looks at possible reasons for the low uptake of self-directed support by people with dementia and provides information on sources of support and further reading.
See alsoThis booklet on Self-Directed Support is for people with dementia, their families, friends and supporters. Professionals should refer to the latest Scottish Government guidance on operating self-directed support schemes at www.selfdirectedsupportscotland.org.uk
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