What are Direct Payments?
Direct Payments are a different, more flexible, way of delivering social care services to those who are eligible for Social Services support.
The key principle is that day-to-day control of the money and provision of your care is given to you.
Who can apply for a Direct Payment?
Direct Payments can be offered to almost everyone who is eligible to receive Social Care Services.
How do I get a Direct Payment?
In order for you to get a Direct Payment, you need an assessment of your care needs.
If you have already had an assessment, and are already receiving services, you can apply to switch to Direct Payments instead.
What is involved in managing my Direct Payment?
With the choice and flexibility offered by Direct Payments there are also responsibilities and GRS can support you in this.
What are the options for someone who cannot manage a Direct Payment themselves?
Some people who are eligible to have a Direct Payment would not be able to manage the financial and contractual arrangements themselves and GRS can support you with this.
What support is available to me?
Social Services has an arrangement for independent living to provide a range of support to people who use Direct Payments. All our services relating to Direct Payments are free.
GRS professionally-trained staff will provide you with all the information, advice and support you will need.
Will I have to pay anything?
You may be asked to pay part of the cost towards your care. This depends on the type of care or service you are assessed as needing.
What if my needs change?
If your needs change, you may be able to change your Direct Payment. If you find that Direct Payments turn out not to be right for you after all, you can switch to having services provided by Social Services.
Examples of Direct Payment in Use
With a Direct Payment you could buy care from a private registered care agency GRS to support:
Adults and Children
- Mental Health
- Learning Disability
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Sensory Impairment
- Older Persons
- Physical Disability
- Drugs and Alcohol Misuse