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Self Directed Support (SDS)

Self Directed support gives people the choice to take more control over their social care support. From 1 April 2014 all new people assessed as requiring social care and all people undergoing a review will have a right to Self Directed Support.

SDS is relevant to everyone who is assessed as requiring social care support and that includes:

  • People with physical disabilities. 
  • People with learning disabilities.
  • Older people.
  • People with mental ill health.
  • Carers.
  • Children and their families.

East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and SDS Forum ER have made a short documentary film called "The Future of Care in Scotland". It shows how self directed support has transformed the lives of some local people.

SDS, is at its best when it is about working with people to meet their outcomes in new and different ways. SDS 'works' and not only does it benefit individuals but it works for professionals too.

Watch the film and you will gain a better understanding of self-directed support and get the chance to see how people have come up with their own natural solutions - the positive stories and the challenging stories too.

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