Direct Payments

If you are entitled to local authority financial support, councils are now obliged (if you meet certain conditions) to offer you the option of Direct Payments as an alternative to actually providing you directly with care from an approved care provider. This allows you to buy your own care. In many cases you can buy care directly from an approved provider at bulk purchase rates agreed with the local authority. This means you don’t have to worry about employing your own staff and paying tax and employer’s national insurance.

This is regular cash income specifically to pay for private homecare and related activities such as shopping services.If you are a volunteer Carer (e.g. a relative or neighbour) you may also be able to get Direct Payments.You cannot use Direct Payments to pay for permanent places in residential or nursing homes or to buy care from the Council.

Social services can also suggest special equipment to make your life easier, e.g., grab rails and bathroom aids.

Grants for adapting your home or providing equipment such as hoists may be available from local Community Occupational Therapists (details available through your GP).

For more information about getting help from the Social Services contact the Care Managers via your local county or borough council office. Direct Payments Leaflet