Your choice. Your support. Your way.

The Scottish Government believes everyone should be in control of their life. Some people need support to lead an independent life and advocacy to be empowered make important decisions about their life.

To achieve this the Scottish Government introduced The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. The Act came into force on 01 April 2014 and places a duty on local authority social work departments to offer people who are eligible for social care a range of choices over how they receive their social care and support.

Self-directed Support allows people, their carers and their families to make informed choices on what their support looks like and how it is delivered, making it possible to meet agreed personal outcomes.
Self-Directed Support (SDS), enables you to have more choice and control over the support you receive. In the past, your local council may have arranged your support package for you, but now Self-Directed Support gives you freedom of choice and allows you to choose how your support is provided, giving you and your family greater flexibility, choice and control over your support.


Am I eligible?

Everyone is eligible for Self-Directed Support and your council now has a duty to offer an option to you.

Can I get transferred?

It will be up to the council to decide when existing home care and support recipients are transferred to Self Directed Support.

What can I use it for?

Self Directed Support can be used to arrange any service that the council has assessed you as requiring.

The SDS Bill defines SDS in terms of four options that councils will have a duty to offer.

  •  Option1. Direct Payments: A payment to allow you to arrange support to meet your agreed support plan outcomes. myCare can for example provide home care with dedicated Care Workers.
  • Option 2. Individual Service Fund: Where the council or a chosen provider such as myCare will hold the budget but you are in charge of how it's spent.
  • Option 3. Local Authority 'arranged' support: The council arranges support on your behalf to meet your support plan outcomes. myCare can also provide this more traditional form of service delivery as well.
  • Option 4. A combination: A combination of the above options can also be used if you feel this provides the best solution.

SDS gives people more control over the budget spent on their support. If you would like further information about SDS you can access the Scottish government website on:

Am I eligible for Self Directed Support?

Everyone is eligible for Self-Directed Support and your council now has a duty to offer an option to you.
If you are receiving social care and support for the first time then your council has to offer you Self Directed Support. If you are an existing recipient of home care and support then it will be up to the council to decide when existing customers are transferred to SDS.

What can I use Self Directed Support for?

Self Directed Support can be used to arrange any service that the council has assessed you as requiring, for example:

  • To receive help in your own home for personal care and practical help
  • Support with managing the household and paying bills
  • Support in getting out and about in the community, such as social engagements, attending college / classes, to carry on with employment
  • Assistance with accessing hobbies and interests or just to get out and about
  • Respite care and short breaks

What our clients say

A lovely message of thanks from a Care Manager in Aberdeen

Having Brigita, Mums carer, is a Godsend!  It really has “saved” Mum and us. Mum really seems to have taken to her and is very settled with her. They get on very well and Mum is chatting about lots of different things they discuss and starting to take an interest again. Mum is eating better and getting more sleep. We are not having to sleeping over and are all getting to “breathe” again. Words cannot express how all our lives have changed with the fantastic help and support Mum has been given to be able to continue to live in her own home and be as independent as possible”.

Note from Nick (Managing Director): Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback on our service. For me it’s seeing letters like this that gets me up in morning, knowing such a positive impact is being had on someones life. Thank you and we will make sure this lovely message gets back to Brigita.

“I just wish to express my sincere thanks to myCare and the team for everything you did for Mum. She looked forward to her carers visiting each day and special thanks must go to her regular carers who looked after her with so much respect, dignity, and tenderness and made her final days so peaceful. “

“I’d like to thank myCare for the support they provide to Mum, we feel like the carer is part of the family.”

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