Supported Living provides a range of services designed to help adult social care service users with a learning disability to retain their independence in their local community. The service enables people to live in their own home with agreed levels of care and support. In order to receive Supported Living services in your home you need to become a social housing tenant (through the Council or through a Housing Association). Some Supported Living schemes are shared homes where people live together. In other schemes people live in their own self-contained accommodation within a block with support from Supported Living workers. People in supported living get to make their own decisions about how they want to live and get help with managing their home.
Some of the benefits of supported living include:
- It provides a proper home for people to live in.
- It offers more choice for people.
- It gives people more responsibility to live independently.
- It can be matched more closely to what people need.
- It uses local housing and services so people can live close to family and friends.
Supported living enables people with learning disabilities to live in their own homes as an alternative to residential care. Some individuals, including those with the most complex needs, have been successfully supported in their own homes, using detailed planning and identify the right levels of care and support. For people who own or rent their own home, they can provide similar levels of care and support through floating support services.