A Direct Payment, formerly know as a cash payment, is where the Leicestershire County Council will pay some money towards your care based on a financial assessment and you will pay the balance. Both you or a dedicated person responsible for organising your care and the local authority will pay money directly into a dedicated bank account. You will then be invoiced by the care provider and the money will be taken out of your dedicated account.
There are a few ways you can set this up.
You, or the person responsible for organising your care, can arrange a new bank account that is used solely for funding your care. You will need to keep a record of the money that is coming in and out of this account to make sure that you have enough to pay for the cost of your care. This will then be reviewed periodically by the local auhtority and your care provider to make sure that you are getting the best service. You can also get your direct payment paid to a third-party person, carer or organisation that runs a payment service to set up and manage an account for you.
Provider Managed Account (PMA)
With a Provider Managed Account, your Direct Payment will be paid directly to your care agency. The care agency can then manage a bank account for you and collect the money from the Local Authority and invoice you based on actual cost of care.
1st Choice Nursing and Care Services currently work with the local authority to setup Provider Managed Accounts.
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