Self Directed Support Forth Valley (SDS), is a service that provides free help and assistance to individuals and Carers who have a Social Services or NHS based 'assessed need' for care and support.

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There comes a point in our lives where we require the support and assistance of others to help us in our daily lives.

Self Directed Support Forth Valley can assist you to obtain and use that assistance if you live in the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk or Stirlingshire areas.

Our service is free of charge and is completely independent of the local authority in which you live.

We can guide you in how to obtain a Social Work Assessment, assist you in your choice of care delivery, be that traditional council services, engaging a care provider or employing your own Personal Assistant, all, using you SDS allowance.

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What is Self Directed Support?

Self Directed Support (SDS) allows people to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control as they want of their individual budget following a Social Work Assessment.  Put simply, SDS is the support a person purchases, or arranges, to meet agreed health and social care outcomes.

Their are 4 available options for obtaining the support you need:

Option 1:  A Direct Payment (Cash) to purchase the support you are assessed for either by purchasing from a Care Provider or employing your own personal assistant.

Option 2:  Where either the local authority or an organisation of your choice holds the money allowing you to decide on how it is spent to meet your outcomes.

Option 3:  This option allows the local authority, in consultation with you, to spend the money on the support that best meets your needs

Option 4:  This option allows you to choose a mix of Options 1,2, and 3 for different types of support

Find out how to access SDS services

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Self Directed Support Forth Valley

The Dundas Resource Centre

Oxgang Road



01324 508794

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