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A Support Plan shows how someone is going to use their Personal Budget to meet their support needs to ensure everyone has choice and control over the shape of their support. This is known as Self-directed Support. Once people know how much money they will have from the council to meet their needs (known as a Personal Budget) they can develop their Support Plan. They can develop the plan themselves, with help from their family, or with help from an allocated worker such as a Care Manager or Care Manager Assistant. People can also choose their own format for their Support Plan if they wish, for example it can be in picture form, or on a CD.
The Personal Budget must be used in a way that meets their support needs and once the Support Plan is completed it will be signed off by the council against specific criteria, such as it must be used legally and for the needs that the council has agreed to meet.
People can choose to manage their own Personal Budget by taking it as a Direct Payment. This enables them to choose who provides their support in ways that fit into their lives, such as providing support at times chosen by the service user. For example, a service user can employ a Personal Assistant, buy support from an Agency, or the council can arrange and manage their care. The Support Plan will show how the Personal Budget will be managed. The Support Plan will be reviewed to see how things are going.
If you have not been able to access the support you need from the information on MyLife or is circumstances have changed and you feel that you need help from Social Care Services, please contact Bromley Social Services Direct (BSSD) who will assist you in accessing an assessment of need, if appropriate. After the assessment is carried out and if you meet the criteria for help, then a Support Plan will be devised. This will be done with you so you can show what is important to you. The Support Plan will consider if there are any risks and how these risks will be managed, who will provide the support, how you will stay in control of your life and how your Personal Budget will help you to do this. The Support Plan will also show other areas of support that are available to you, such as taking part in community activities, or help provided by member of the family or friends.
People who are using their own money (self funders) may also find support planning helpful.
Further information about Personal Assistants can be found on the MyLife resource directory.
Useful link: Bromley Social Services Direct; Personal Budgets;
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