A K Care Agency Ltd
29 Middlesex House, 29-45 High Street, Edgware, London,
Office: 0208 952 8000; Emergency Response: 07830 239 990
Direct Payments and arranging your own home care services
Choice, support & independence - choosing what's best for you
Direct Payments are made by councils, allowing individuals who receive social care services to purchase their own care and support. Individuals can then choose where they get their support, and what the money is spent on.
Direct Payments enable people to create and manage their services according to their own priorities. If you need to know more about Direct Payments, how to get assessed for qualification, or what you are allowed to spend it on, visit the
If you have been assessed and qualify for support, you have a number of options:
Choosing support from your Local Authority
This option means that your Local Authority will organise and manage your care. To ensure your needs are met, a Local Authority will either have in house teams, or may work with a local, trusted and registered independent care provider like AK CARE.
Choosing to employ your own carer
This gives you control over the care and support you receive as well as choosing the individual who will deliver that care, often referred to as personal assistants. If you are considering this option, it is important to bear in mind that by employing a personal assistant you become the employer and, as an employer you need to:
be responsible for deducting income tax;
ensure that your pay rates meet statutory minimum wage regulations;
consider the legal requirements, such as rest breaks, working hours, holidays, and sick pay; have Employer’s and Public Liability Insurance;
We have helped many people get the best out of life, supporting independent living within the comfort of their own homes and community.
Find out how we help support independence with our care at home services.
Our care work includes:
Care for the elderly
Support for children and families
Friendship and companionship
24 hour live in care