Council is among top performing for people choosing care packages
Midlothian Council is in the top three local authorities for people choosing their own social care support.
Eligible people have four options
People who are eligible can choose one of four options:
- A direct payment to arrange their own support, such as employing a personal assistant
- They can choose the organisations and the council arranges
- The local authority makes all the arrangements, including choosing the care organisations
- A mix of the first three options
We are in the top three local authorities for successfully implementing the Act
At the full council meeting on Tuesday, councillors heard that, according to Scottish Government figures for 2015/16, we are ranked in the top three for local authorities implementing the Self Directed Support (Scotland) Act 2013.
More people are choosing direct payments
More people are choosing direct payments – 135 by the final four months of 2016/17 compared with 122 in the first quarter.
There was significant uptake for option 2, particularly among older people choosing care at home, 109 chose this option in the first quarter although that number dropped by three to 106 in the final quarter.
Option 3 is the most popular
Option 3 is the most popular with 2092 people having support provided this way in the final quarter of year 2016/17.However, it should be noted that in some cases, people using option 3 will be actively involved in choosing the support provider.
People now have more choice
The cabinet member for adult services, Councillor Derek Milligan said: “We’re pleased to see people are being offered more choice and flexibility in their care.”
Pic: More people in Midlothian are choosing their own social care support packages.