Hi, yes I am a strong believer in Direct Payments!
I started using them last June. It did take a bout 3 months to get seen, as they are usually snowed under with work, on a skeleton staff!
At first look, DPs seem very complicated and daunting. You need to get your head round it all. But once they are up and running, it`s a fab way to have some control over your care.
I began by having a Social Worker visit me at home. But since then, the system has changed quite a bit ie in how much is in your personal budget.
At first, I had 8 hours a week care. i soon went up to 10 hours, as weekends were so difficult for my hubby.
More recently i have gained a bigger budget, with more hours, as my conditions worsens.
My hubby was my sole carer for 11 years…now I have 3 others!
Going the DP route allows you to choose your own carers and arrange your own timetable.
If you have any specific questions, please ask.
ps you have to be means tested, but I don`t believe they affect other benefits.