Aberdeenshire Council is holding a public information session in Turriff about Self Directed Support (SDS) that will give people more choices and control over how social care support is arranged and delivered. The session will take place at Turriff Community Centre on Thursday, November 8 at 3:30, the session will last no more than an hour and whether you receive care yourself, know someone who does or will need care in the future then you are welcome to attend the session.
Councillor Alisan Norrie, Vice chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee said
Changes will come into force next year and it is important that people know what it means for them as it introduces a new way of working.
These events are open to everyone, not just people who get care services at the moment and will help raise awareness and understanding of SDS in Aberdeenshire and start the discussion about what SDS is, how it works as well as how it opens up opportunities for people.
I encourage people to attend these events and learn about the legislation that will address social care needs in partnership with the individual and allow them greater choice and control than before.
Currently most people, in receipt of community care services from their local authority, are offered a fairly limited range of options for having their needs met.
Self Directed Support aims to give people more input into how they have their needs met and, in doing so, achieve outcomes which are important to them.
Individuals will be empowered to decide how much ongoing control and responsibility they have over their own support arrangements. This will be underpinned by legislation as the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill passes though Scottish Parliament.
More information about the SDS events (or SDS itself) is available on 01467 629034 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the Scottish Government’s Self Directed Support website.