If you have been assessed as needing care services, you may be offered direct payments. These payments are designed to support you to remain living at home, encouraging independence and social inclusion in areas such as employment, education and leisure activities. As you are effectively purchasing your own services, if you so wish, you can add your own funds to your direct payment to purchase services above the value of your direct payment. This allows you not only to buy your care from the person or organisation you prefer, but also to buy services in addition to those you care assessment states, should you wish to. For further information on Direct Payments contact your local social services, or visit The DoH Easy Guide to Direct Payments.