Purchasing care

Direct Payments

Through the process of Direct Payments we aim to adapt local systems around the needs of clients receiving care at home.  We want clients who use social care services and their families to be able to shape and commission their own services.  Direct Payments allows clients receiving public funding to use available resources to choose their own support services, a right previously available only to self-funders.

The Government and Council Policy is promoting independence and Direct Payments is a key element to achieving this by giving the user control over the way services are delivered. By moving to Direct Payments it takes us a step forward on the road to personalisation and provides us with the opportunity to be innovative in our response to your individual needs.

Direct Payments means money is paid by the Local Authority direct to the service user, who has been assessed as needing support, so that they can choose to pay for their own services.  It gives more flexibility and choice, enabling people to purchase care for themselves that better suits their individual needs.Many people need information and advice about Direct Payments and require support in exploring whether Direct Payments is right for them and we can provide information regarding this if necessary. 

The Direct Payments Team are also on hand for advice and support (01706 922998).

Direct Payments are not an "either/or" option and instead can be used in conjunction with the Council's services. If you receive Direct Payments and then change your mind you are free to stop them at any  time.

Private Payments

We also undertake care for “Private Clients” who receive the same quality care as all our service users the only difference is they pay privately for their services rather than it being part-funded by the Council.    Details of our current rates are available on request.   Special discounts are available for large block of hours on a regular basis.

The law

“We have changed the law so that where there was a power, there is now a duty so that councils must make a direct payment to people who can consent to have them. This means that direct payments should be discussed as a first option with everyone, at each assessment and each review.”

Secretary of State for Health (2006) Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services CM6737 London: Department of Health"

Our services

At Care 4 U we are aware that different people at different times of their lives have varying capacities to make their own decisions.

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Our care

Through the process of Direct Payments we aim to adapt local systems around the needs of clients receiving care at home.

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About us

At Care 4 U we are aware that different people at different times of their lives have varying capacities to make their own decisions.

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