Do you feel collaborated with, that you have choices or that you are working in partnership with the professionals that support you? Do you know about the budget and alternative ways you can use that or influence it? This is the spirit of self-directed support (SDS).
We know from experience that Self-directed Support is a real opportunity to change the relationships between people who need help or assistance and the social care organisations and government bodies that provide funding or support.
In order to maximise creativity and find new ways of working we need the experience, skills, strengths and talents of everyone. Leaving the problem solving and solution finding to one group, or expecting that group of people to have all the answers doesn’t make sense when our experience has shown that the most satisfying solutions come when all of us are involved and heard.