Self-Directed Support is about people being in control of the support they need to live the life they choose.
Self-Directed Support is when:
- you work with the local authority to make sure you get support that’s right for you
- you are treated with respect by people working with you.
- you are given help to understand the choices you have and are able to decide what choice you make.
- people help you to look at new and different ways to support you to live life the way you want it.
- you are involved in deciding how your support is planned and arranged.
- your support helps you to take part in the life of the community.
- you are given as much control over your support as you want and you use that control responsibly.
- your support helps you to feel safe and secure but also allows you to take some risks that are necessary for you to learn new skills or do new things
You may have heard Self-Directed Support being referred to as “personalisation” or “person-centred”; there are different ways to describe it but whatever name is given to it it’s about giving people real power and control over their lives. You are at the heart of everything.
People are now able to self-direct their care or support in a number of different ways. These are explained fully on our “Your 4 Options Explained” page.