What are Direct Payments?

What are Direct Payments?

If your local Health and Social Care Trust assesses you as needing personal social services, it may be possible for you to get Direct Payments instead of services provided by the Trust. You could use the money you get as a Direct Payment to employ a Personal Assistant, buy services from an agency/organisation or non-medical equipment.

If you choose to employ someone, you decide who works for you, when they work and what they do. If you would like more control over the assistance you get, then Direct Payments may be for you.

This information sheet gives a brief description of what is involved in setting up Direct Payments and points to where you can get more information and help.

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