The emphasis is now on the individual's choice and control over the support services they receive. This means a lot of new developments in how Adult Social Care works.
Self-directed Support is one of the ways in which social care is starting to give more choice and control to people who are entitled to support from Adult Services.
In 2008 the a Commission of Inquiry was launched to help shape future services for people in need of support and care. The Commission heard people’s views, stories and experiences of adult social care. Evidence was gathered from local people, carers and national experts about their experiences and the challenges facing care services.
Personalisation’ of social care means shaping support to meet individual needs, including considering their aspirations, family, friends and other resources and support mechanisms around them. It takes into account the individual’s personal responsibilities and their own resources, as well as those available through statutory and other services, to meet their needs in the best way possible.