You’re in charge

You’re in charge

Adult social care services are changing across England to give people, their families and carers, much greater choice and control over the support that they receive and who delivers it; this is called Self-Directed Support. It’s a move away from a traditional system where careprofessionals make all the decisions.

Your Circle is the name of Gloucestershire County
Council’s approach to this more flexible and personal
method of support.  Instead of individuals fitting into
existing services, the changes reflect a more person-centered approach, ensuring that:

• people have access to short term support to help them regain their independence and reduce reliance on longer term support;
• people’s changing needs are met, according to their own
individual circumstances;
• people feel in control of decisions about their own support;
• people’s changing needs are met, according to their own individual circumstances;
• people feel in control of decisions about their own support;
•  support and services are flexible and reflect people’s day
• everyone has easy access to information, advice and advocacy.

If you are assessed as being eligible for longer term support to enable you to live at home, Gloucestershire County Council will offer you a personal budget – a sum of money available to meet those needs which are identified during your assessment.

So, instead of the Council buying services on your behalf, you can decide how to use your personal budget and buy in your own support. You can then choose what social care and support services this money is spent on.

You can be as creative as you want, as long as the money:
• is spent to meet your needs;
• is legal;
• keeps you safe;
• offers value for money; and
• helps you achieve the goals that have been agreed with you.

If you prefer, Gloucestershire County Council can arrange services to meet some of your needs directly; or you can combine these two methods of getting the support you want.

If you are not eligible for financial support from the Council they can support you to get specialist information and advice so you can make informed choices about your care and importantly how you pay for it.