Changing Your SDS Option
The 4 Options of Self Directed Support (SDS)
There are 4 Options under Self Directed Support. These are about how a person’s care and support can be arranged and how the money that is needed to pay for this is managed. They are:
- Option 1: the person receives the money from their local authority (council), known as a Direct Payment, and can use this to employ their own Personal Assistants (PAs).
- Option 2: the person asks the Council to pay the money for their support to someone they trust and would like to look after the money, such as a care agency. The agency will then work with the person to work out how to use the money to pay for their support.
- Option 3: The Council finds a service that will meet the person’s needs and with the agreement of the person, pays the money for this support.
- Option 4: This is a mixture of any of the above three options, where for example, a person could take some of their money as a Direct Payment (under Option 1) and some of the money will be paid by the Council under Option 3. This is a ‘mix and match’ option.
A PA employer could change their SDS Option at any time. However, each Option might change the way in which support is arranged for them so it would be important to understand how each Option relates to their own personal circumstances. It might be helpful for the PA employer to speak to their Social Worker and Independent Support Organisation before making a decision.
One thing to be aware of, is that each SDS Option might cost different amounts of money. So for example, it might cost more for an agency to provide a care worker to support someone, as they have other additional costs to pay for, such as for management and premises. The important thing is that the amount of money allocated by the Council for each SDS Option should enable a person’s needs to be met in full.
Take a look at the at the article on Independent SDS Information and Support Service for additional support.