Care changes give power to people

New legislation on self-directed support across Scotland came into effect on April 1.
New legislation on self-directed support across Scotland came into effect on April 1.

Major changes to the way people in Argyll and Bute and across Scotland receive support from public and private care providers came into effect on Tuesday.

The change to self-directed support, or SDS, gives people receiving support, and their families, the power to choose who provides that assistance.

Everyone assessed as being eligible for support will have a personal budget to spend on the type of assistance they need, and will have the option of asking their local council to give them the money to organise that care themselves.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for adult care, Councillor Dougie Philand, said: “This is a significant change in the way the council works and in the way that new clients will be supported. There are challenges for everyone but the end result is our motivation to bring about positive outcomes for all.”

Jennifer Campbell from NHS Highland said: “By putting the person in control of their day-to-day support, SDS helps to build confidence and independence, giving them more control over their life.”

More details about self-directed support can be found at www.selfdirectedsupportscotland.org.uk, while information on the subject at a more local level can be found at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/sds or by calling Argyll and Bute Council on 01546 605517.