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  Support plan

2 September 2013

A support plan is a detailed plan that tells us about you as an individual and how you would like to use your budget to support your needs.

It should be as individual as you are, and as long as it shows us clearly what support you need and how you will use your budgets to meet these needs, you can decide what your Support Plan will look like.

You can create your own plan or ask a family member, friend or informal carer to help you. You can also ask that Essex County Council supports you in preparing your plan, or you can go to an advocate or independent organisation for support.

Some examples of what you may wish to include are

  • A personal assistant instead of a carer from us
  • A carer agency of your choice
  • A community activity such as going to a club or an educational activity like going to college
  • An item of equipment. You may wish to purchase an item of special equipment to meet an outcome shown in your Support Plan
  • Complementary treatments such as chiropody, physiotherapy or occupational therapy to complement any ongoing health treatment you may be receiving
  • Transport to visit family and friends to attend a leisure or educational activity.

You may also wish to think of any respite needs you are likely to have during the year.

There are many things to consider such as self-directed support and your responsibilities.