What is supported living?
When your needs are assessed we will try to enable you to live at home as independently and safely as possible. If this isn’t possible you will be advised on the type of home that’s best for you.
Supported living is designed to help you live independently in your local community. It is an alternative to residential care if you are eligible.
In supported living accommodation, the housing provider and support provider are separate, and you will have a licence or tenancy. Support can be commissioned from a few hours a week, up to 24-hours a day, depending on your assessed needs.
Why supported living?
You can make your own decisions about how you want to live in a supported living scheme. You can still get help with managing your home with the scheme.
Some of the benefits of supported living include:
- a proper home for you to live in
- more choice and control
- giving you more responsibility to live independently
- accommodation matched more closely to what you need
- you would have more rights
- you can change service provider if the support package is not meeting your needs, rather than moving home
- you can still live close to your family and friends
Some individuals, including those with the most complex needs, have been successfully supported in their own homes using this scheme.
Types of supported living
There are several different models of supported living:
- living in shared houses
- having your own flat within a cluster project
- living in individual tenancies in the community