Border Caring Services

Direct Payments

As a charity, we have given a lot of thought to our aims, beliefs and values. Our clients – current, former and future – are at the centre of everything that we do. Consequently, we are constantly looking at how we can develop and continue to deliver the best services in the Borders.Payments

We are committed to provide care and support which suits each individual and to develop our services for the benefit of those who need help. Direct Payments are an important part of the story of how someone chooses to have their care delivered and by whom.

A Direct Payment is given to someone who has made a personal choice to use the money awarded to them for their care, to buy their own services. What they will buy, will be those services in the Support Plan agreed between themselves and the Local Authority (Council) or the Local Health Services.

Direct Payments give people the chance to run their own lives in a way that suits them with assistance from those around them.


List of people eligible to receive Direct Payments (and what they can purchase)
  • Disabled adults to buy Community Care Services, such as Home Care
  • Disabled people aged 16 - 17 years old to buy Children's Services
  • Parents or Guardians with responsibility for a disabled child to buy services that their child has been assessed as needing
  • Disabled people (including children) to buy Housing Support Services
  • Disabled parents to enable them to carry out parental responsibilities
  • Older people with disabilities
  • Financial Attorneys and Guardians to receive Direct Payment on behalf of those unable to consent to manage their own services
With a Direct Payment a person can purchase care:
  • From an agency or care service provider such as Border Caring Services
  • By employing their own personal assistant or support worker
  • From the council

If you would like any further information about Direct Payments please give us a call or get in touch with Scottish Borders Council.

Contact numbers and addresses are in the contacts page of this website.