There has now been a National Strategy for Self Directed Support in place for a number of years, with the most significant move towards Self Directed Support taking place this year with the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 receiving royal assent. The introduction of Self Directed Support represents a significant shift away from the traditional model of caring for people with mental ill health and dementia.
Self Directed support is based upon the principles of independent living and equal citizenship and also on achieving specific outcomes rather than achieving specific tasks. In this way, it aims to give people more choice and flexibility over how their care and support needs are met and it is hoped that it will allow a more personalised service which will better support people with dementia or mental ill health, their family and carers. Alzheimer Scotland which is one of the foremost providers of information about support services for people with dementia, is leading the way with their event ‘Self Directed Support and Dementia in Scotland: Getting Creative!’ which takes place in Glasgow on 23rd September 2013. The conference will explore the potential of the new Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 and consider ways it can be used to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.
As a specialist Project providing legal advice, assistance and representation to people with mental ill health, dementia and brain acquired injury, their relatives and carers in all aspects of Scots civil law, LSA’s Mental Health Representation Project is pleased and excited to be taking part in Alzheimer Scotland`s event. The Project’s solicitors will be hosting an exhibition stand at the event and will be on hand to answer any questions attendees have in relation to the legal aspects of Self Directed Support including Power of Attorneys, Guardianship and Community Care.
For further information about how to get advice about any of the above you can contact our legal advice line which runs every Tuesday between 11am and 1pm on 0141 353 3354.