Direct Payments are money given to you by Social Services or Health Providers. You can use this money to buy the support you need instead of traditional services being provided by your Local Authority.
Direct Payments offer flexibility and choice to individuals, allowing them to make their own choices about their lives. People of all ages can purchase services for themselves that better suit their individual requirements.
You can use Direct Payments to access any resources that enable you to achieve your personal outcomes so long as they are agreed in your support plan.
Examples of this may include:-
Although some variations and restrictions may apply, you can be both flexible and imaginative to ensure you receive the most appropriate support package.
You may be eligible for Direct Payments if you:-
To see if you are eligible for support, you first need to have an assessment which will help you identify the outcomes that you want to achieve. This will look at what support you need to live independently and will usually take place in your home. You can have someone with you if you wish.
Before the assessment, we recommend you make a list or keep a diary in which you think about all the things you want to change and the outcomes you want to achieve. You may also consider the things you would like to do if you had the right support in place.
It can also be helpful to think about events that do not happen on a daily basis, for example having some respite or times when you may need extra support.
Some funding streams may require you to have a financial assessment, to determine whether you will have to contribute towards the cost of the support you recieve.
The Rowan Organisation provides a wide range of support services created to help you manage your Direct Payments. This can include:-
We offer practical services, including the Managed Accounts service, which can receive the money and make payments on your behalf, whilst still keeping you in control of decisions. We also offer a comprehensive Payroll Service for those choosing to employ their own Personal Assistants or carers.
We provide ongoing support when you need it, through our Information and Advice Service and local assistance from our Independent Living Advisers.
For more information on any of the services we provide, please vist "Our Services" page.
When you receive a Direct Payment, you will have certain responsibilities around managing the scheme, these may be different in each area. Your local team can provide you with more information and support on the requirements of the scheme in your area.
Each local council can run their Direct Payments scheme differently. In some areas, Direct Payments are part of a wider scheme called 'Personal Budgets'.
We can provide you with more information about how the Direct Payments work in your area and we have local teams that work closely with councils to pro-vide a seamless service to you.
For more information about your area please select your region from the "In Your Area" menu at the top of the page.