If you are entitled to care and support paid for by your council, you now have more options about what that support looks like. This is called Self-directed Support (SDS for short). SDS is the way social care works in Scotland.
It means that when you are assessed by the social work department for social care, you must be given a choice about how your care and support is organised and how much control you have over it.
There are 4 options in SDS.
The money for your care and support is called your budget. It can only be used to meet the needs you have that the council will pay for, but that doesn’t have to just be time with a support worker.
We currently provide services to people using Option 2, Option 3 and Option 4. If you would like to make a choice about SDS, or change your current SDS choice – speak to your care manager (social worker). If you would like more information about our care and support, to decide whether we are right for you – please contact the Ark Operations Manager for where you live.
For further information on self directed support, you can download our easy read booklet.