W22045 major projects your life your choice

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A handout from our Introduction To Personalisation event on Monday 13th September 2010

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W22045 major projects your life your choice

  1. 1. your life your choice self-directed support a new way of providing social care in the Bradford District
  2. 2. For further information on whether we can help you, contact Adult Services on 01274 431704. How does self-directed support work? Just follow these simple steps: Step 1 What is self-directed support? Telling us what help you need Self-directed support is a new way of providing social care in the Bradford You will need to tell us about the care District. Itʼs about putting YOU in charge and support you need by filling out a of the support you need to live your life form. You can fill in the form yourself; as you choose. a relative or friend can fill one in for you; or we can fill one in with your This means YOU having more control help. This will help us understand over how the money needed for your your needs and work out how much social care is used, so that it meets your money you are entitled to. needs in the best way possible. How will you benefit from self-directed support? Step 2 Together with the Council, you will be able Your individual account to decide the support you need and who Once we have agreed with you the should provide it – helping you stay as amount of help you need, we will work independent as possible. out an individual account for you. You will know exactly how much This is the amount of money which money you have to spend on your care you will be able to spend on things to and services. This is known as an give you the support you need. individual account. You may have to make a contribution You will have access to a wider range to your individual account based on of services to help you reach your your savings and benefits. If you are personal goals. already contributing then the sum will be no more than it is at present. Self-directed support will give you more choice and control over your life! Please talk to your social care worker or contact the Charges Team if you Who is self-directed support for? want more information about this. Anybody who is eligible for adult social Bradford: 01274 437975 care services is eligible for an individual Keighley: 01535 618109 account through self-directed support.
  3. 3. Step 3 Step 6 Preparing your support plan Arranging your support You will need to prepare a support You can choose to arrange your own plan to show how you will spend your support, have someone do it for you or individual account to achieve your ask us to do it. Write down which you personal goals and meet the needs would prefer in your support plan. you told us about in Step 1. You can prepare the plan with help from family and friends, from other Step 7 support groups or from ourselves. Live your life to the fullest Use the support outlined in your plan to live your life to the fullest! Step 4 Agreeing your support plan Step 8 Once you have discussed your support plan with your social care worker and Making sure the plan is working we have agreed that it meets your You will go over your plan with us needs, you will receive a letter to show within 12 weeks of it starting to check that your plan has been approved. how things are going and if any changes need to be made. Together with your social care worker you will Step 5 review your needs each year or when your needs change. If your needs do Managing your individual account change, we will change your individual There are 3 ways you can account so it is suitable. manage your individual account – 1. You can manage the money yourself What if I am not able 2. You can ask the Council or an agreed to make decisions for myself? other person to manage your money 3. A combination of 1 and 2. If you are not able to make your own decisions, we can either make the decisions You will need to write down how you for you or we can discuss your needs with intend to manage your money in anyone who has ʻpower of attorneyʼ to act your support plan. for you. This means that they can legally make decisions on your behalf. Will anyone check to see if I am spending my money properly? Yes. We will need to make sure that you are using the money in a way that meets your needs. We will discuss this with you.
  4. 4. Just ask: This information is also available in Braille & other alternative formats. Please ask your social care worker or ring 01274 431704. Further copies of this document are available from the Communications Unit, Olicana House, Chapel Street, Bradford, BD1 5RE. Telephone: 01274 431704 E-mail: SDS@bradford.gov.uk Website: www.bradford.gov.uk/adultcare

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