About the assessment
We will help you to complete an assessment of your support needs. Then we will agree a care plan with you. This sets out what you can spend the direct payment money on.
You also have to complete a financial assessment. We use this to decide if you should pay towards your own care and how much.
It should take around 8 to 9 weeks to set up the direct payment after you have agreed your care plan.
When we do the assessment, we will also make sure you are able to manage your direct payment. You must be able to understand and manage the direct payment, with support if necessary. A guardian, attorney or someone acting on your behalf can manage the direct payment for you.