Self-directed support (SDS) allows people to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control as they want of their individual budget.
Put simply, SDS is the support a person purchases or arranges, to meet agreed health and social care outcomes.
SDS offers a number of options for getting support. The person’s individual (or personal) budget can be:
- taken as a Direct Payment (a cash payment)
- allocated to a provider the individual chooses (sometimes called an individual service fund, where the local authority or funder, holds the budget, but the person is in charge of how it is spent)
- or the local authority can arrange a service.
Individuals can choose a mixture of all 3 for different types of support.
See also Direct Payments