Self-directed support and the lives of people with dementia and their families

A series of short films explaining self-directed support (including personal budgets and direct payments) in social care for people with dementia, their families and friends, and staff who support them.

With Mum In Mind

Terry's story about how she is dealing with her mother's dementia with the help of self-directed support.

What is self-directed support for people with dementia and their families?

An overview of what self-directed support means for people with dementia and their families.

Who is entitled to self-directed support from local authorities?

How local authorities decide entitlement and how people can claim self-directed support.

How is someone assessed for self-directed support?

The criteria that local authorities use to determine the care needs of those applying for self-directed support.

How does self-directed support benefit people with dementia and their loved ones?

Examples of how self-directed support has improved the lives of those living with dementia and their families.

What are the challenges involved with self-directed support?

Some of the difficulties facing self-directed support and how they can be addressed.

What resources about self-directed support are available from the Dementia Choices Project?

The background to, and details of, the information products produced by the project.

Mary's Story


Mary's Story Find out about how real people cope with a loved-one's dementia in a moving film documenting Mary's story of her husband John who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

With John in Mind

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