Direct payments for Sitting Service

Hi there, I was wondering wether anyone gets direct payments for a sitting service for their loved ones? Do you use it and how do you utilise the hours youve been given say for example you have been given 6 hours a week.

Hi, as you may already have read, I use Direct ayments to fund my care.

I realise you`re on the other side to me, but maybe I can suggest some things.

This sitting service…I take it you are the carer and have had a carers assessment, which has awarded you 6 hours a week…yeh?

You will need to employ someone to sit with the cared for person and pay them an hourly rate.I pay my contracted carers £8.90 an hour and £10 an hour to a self employed carer. The amount you are given will allow for their hourly rate, plus insurance and tax, if it is paid.

This would free you up fo 6 hours…perhaps you go shopping, lunch with a friend, go bowling, swimming or to the cinema. Or perhaps you coud take an adult ed class.

Any good?

luv poll

Hi again.

Have you got anywhere with this yet?

luv Pollx

Hello, if you have had a carers assessment you should be allocated flexible break vouchers which you can use to pay for a sitting service. These are free, so you should not need to use your direct payment.

Sarah x