What does supported living look like?

What does supported living mean?

Supported living is used to describe the arrangement whereby 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. They will receive support and help with any aspects that are required to live an ordinary life as possible, this could be help with:

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

People who live in supported living arrangements can live in a variety of different settings for example:

  • With another person or others that they have chosen to live with in shared accommodation e.g. a shared house in which they all contribute to the bills and upkeep of communal areas.
  • On their own in flat/house or bungalow etc.

Who decides what support is needed?

The support that an individual needs is decided and planned with them directly and their family if they are involved. Usually an assessment is completed by a Care Manager or Social Worker and then the person is introduced to a provider who can support them if they so choose.

Some people decide to take what is called a “Personal Independence Payment or Direct Payment” and find someone themselves to employ directly – with this comes responsibility for all aspects of the employees well-being and working arrangements that the local council can advise upon.

If the individual chooses to have a support provider such as Choice then they will be introduced and matched to their support staff to ensure compatibility. The council will then pay the support provider direct and will monitor closely the service that the individual is receiving.

The support can be offered on a 24/7 full time basis with someone either sleeping at the persons home or staying awake overnight if that type of care is required or it can be for a few hours a day or week, it really does depend upon what the person needs and wants to help them live within their own home.

What is the difference between residential support and supported living?

There are several key differences between residential support and supported living, these being:

  • In residential care people have their food, heating and general needs paid for as it is included in the weekly fee charged by the provider and then receive a weekly allowance in the region of £28.00
  • In supported living individuals are responsible for their own bills and cost of living which is usually paid for by the benefits they receive and can be topped up by any wage that they earn through employment

How can people access supported living?

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can access supported living you can contact us and we will be pleased to provide you with the information that you need and come and visit you if that is something that you would like us to do.

What benefits people can get in supported living?

The benefits that people who live in supported living arrangements receive vary depending on their level of need and ability. The main benefits that people receive are:

  • Disability Living Allowance or a Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance allowance (over 65 years)
  • Employment and support allowance

People can also receive Housing Benefit that helps them with their rent and other benefits and grants that may assist them if they need special adaptations to their homes.

What is actually provided?

The housing/accommodation is usually provided by either the Council or a Housing Association which Choice can help people with. Some people may choose to buy their own home through a “Shared Ownership Scheme” or others may rent from a private landlord.

In most cases unless the accommodation comes already furnished, the individual provides all their own furniture and white goods, some people can get financial help with their purchases if they have difficulty – this means that people choose what they want to have in their home.

Then as with people who already live in their own homes, individuals pay their own utility bills and any maintenance that is needed, this will all be explained in the tenancy agreement that people receive.