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Get self directed support

Take control over where you, or your family, get your care hours.

If you’re based in the Lothians, you can use your self-directed support credits to get the care that you need from withYOU.

What is self directed support?

Self directed support gives vulnerable people and their families more control over where to source the care that they need.

This service is provided by councils across Scotland. It’s all about giving people with support needs the independence to choose what they need, based on what’s important to them. For example achieving life goals like living by themselves.

How do I get self directed support?

The process starts with an assessment by a social worker or care manager. Once they assess the person’s needs, they allocate a certain number of hours. These hours can be spent with a care provider of the person’s choice. Such as withYOU.

How is self directed support managed?

There are four different ways to manage self directed support. You get to choose the one that’s most convenient:

  • Direct payment: the council gives you money to arrange support yourself
  • You choose, but the council (or another organisation) arranges it for you
  • You ask the council to both choose and arrange support on your behalf
  • A combination of the above.

Whichever you choose, you’re in control.

Choose withYOU for self directed support

If you want to use your self-directed support budget with us, please get in touch. withYOU accepts people on self directed support across four Scottish local authorities: West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh City.