Health and Wellbeing

Personal support helps older people stay independent

Jenny

Posted on: 12 June 2012

Every older person who is assessed as needing support from adult social care is now being offered a Personal Budget to allow them to choose what kind of help they want to receive.

The Personal Budget must be spent on meeting the person’s needs so that they get the right mix of services and can keep as much independence as possible.

When Jenny first lost her sight, her care was provided by an agency. This didn’t suit her as she didn’t always get the same carer, it wasn’t always at the same time and some very personal care was necessary.

Then she heard that she could use her Personal Budget to arrange her own care using a direct payment.

Jenny says: “It’s fifty times better. I chose my carer – just one person. She rings first thing to check I’m OK, then comes round to help me shower and dress. She gets my shopping and we do the cleaning together. It’s not like having an employee; it’s more like a trusted friend. I have a special bank account and pay her from that.

“I don’t want to lose my independence and have everything done for me and that’s where direct payments have helped. They let me be my own person and still be in
charge of my life”.

For advice on staying independent, equipment, personal care, or to find out if you are eligible for support from adult social care, contact Care Direct on 0845 1551 007.

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