If you have been assessed as requiring care services you may be offered direct payments. These are payments made directly to you from your local council so you are able to pay for the care service of your choice. If you are eligible for support with funding, your local council is duty bound to consider direct payments as an option for you. This leaves you free to purchase the services you prefer. If you wish to, you can purchase services above the value of the direct payment by adding your own funds.
Direct payments can mean greater flexibility as you can purchase services in addition to those your care assessment states. For further information, contact your local Social Services or see The Department of Health Guide to Direct Payments.