Supported Living & Community Support

What is Supported Living?

Supported Living is used to describe the arrangement where someone who already has or who wants their own tenancy or own home, also has support from a “Care and Support” provider to help them live as independently and safely as possible. Whatever type of accommodation they have (their own home, rented property, etc) is totally separate from the support.

People in supported living can be in a variety of different settings for example, they might live:

  • with another person or a group of people  in shared accommodation e.g. a shared house where they all contribute to the bills and upkeep of communal areas
  • on their own, in a flat, house or bugalow, etc.

People can receive support to help with any aspects that they need to live as ordinary a life as possible. This could be help with:

  • Managing bills and money
  • Cooking and healthy eating
  • Getting a job
  • Shopping
  • Personal care and well-being
  • Managing medication
  • Accessing employment, sports and social activities

What is Community Support?

Community Support describes a package of support which is usually delivered in the community, rather than in the individual’s home, although of course support can be delivered at home if that is what the individual would prefer.

Typically, anyone seeking a package of community support is looking for help to build on their social networks, gain employment or take part in community based activities. They may also want support to manage their finances or attend health appointments. Hours of support are discussed with the individual and their funding authority / Care Manager and a personal budget is allocated. The individual, with or without the assistance of their Care Manager, then chooses a provider through a process or interviews.

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