Social Services and the Department of Health have launched a nationwide initiative to help people to fund their care and at the same time to allow choice in how their care is provided. This is called "Direct Payments".
At Ethical Homecare we are keen to help with this initiative and welcome the opportunity to assist our customers in any way we can. Whilst the details of how the system will work in your own area vary according to the local Social Services department, the principles are similar nationwide. We will be happy to provide you with the local perspective.
Care which is funded by Social Services via the direct payments scheme will be subject to an "assessment of need" by a local social services officer in the same way as any other state-funded care. Once this has been completed social services may make an offer (via the Direct Payments scheme) to pay cash to you to help to pay for your care. You can then choose just how and where you want to buy your care. This may be the traditional sort of help with getting up and meal preparation or alternatively it may be that by being creative we can offer other activities to make your care at home a worthwhile and positive experience. Whilst Direct Payments may not work for everyone, we are happy to help in any way we can.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on Direct Payments and how to source them and whilst we can only give general advice and point you to the official government sources, we will do what we can to assist you.
Alternatively clients can pay privately for their care. This can be set up via standing order based on the support requirements of each individual.
There is also an excellent publication from the Department of Health called "Guidance on Direct Payments" available from the DoH Orderline on 0300 123 1002