Self-Directed Support (SDS) is helping people, families and carers have more choice and flexibility over their care. People who are eligible, are offered four ways in which they can take control, manage their independence and fulfil their life aspirations.

Option 1 – Direct Payment – self managed

Option 2 – Direct their available support through a third party

Option 3 – After talking with client, Local Authority arranges support

Option 4 – A mix of options 1, 2 & 3

This tailored approach is helping to improve people’s quality of life and the Partnership will continue to roll out SDS in line with the principles and values underpinned by the legislation. There has been a recorded year-on-year increase in the number of individuals opting for Self-Directed Support in Fife, increasing by 202 between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Case study:


Lindsey’s New Lease of Life

When Lindsey moved from Biggar to Fife she left behind a very strong support network of family and friends. This left her without daily personal care and help with her medication. Her health is very precarious and she faces hospitalisation when it is
not managed properly. The SDS approach has helped Lindsey manage this.

“I now have a quality of life. I go out, do my own food shopping, pay my own bills and do so many things other people take for granted. It is so important for me to be able to go out, be independent and in control. My support is now centred on my needs. I wish other people could experience the difference that SDS has made to me.”