What you should consider when thinking about Direct Payments

What you should consider when thinking about Direct Payments

It is important that you get all the information you require before you decide if Direct Payments will suit you. You should think about the advantages for you personally and also about the responsibilities you will be taking on. Remember that you can get as much help as you need to manage Direct Payments, for example, a member of your family, a friend or an employee could help you with things like the paperwork. You are advised to contact your local Centre for Independent Living for assistance in calculating wages.

It may be helpful to talk to someone who is already using Direct Payments. You should bear in mind that you can have a mixture of Direct Payments and services from the Trust. For example, you may keep those parts of the Trust services that suit you and make your own arrangements for the rest. You may stop Direct Payments at any time and return to getting a service from the Trust.

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