‘Supported Living’ is a term generally used to describe situations in which people (often adults with a learning disability or mental health condition) usually rent their home, and their personal care or support is arranged separately.
This means they can change their support without having to move, or move and take the same support with them. People have greater security of tenure, and can claim a wider range of welfare benefits than in a residential care home.
Supported Living can be delivered in a range of settings, including individual flats or houses, clusters of self-contained flats on the same site, shared accommodation, and extra care housing. The individual, a private landlord, a housing association, a local authority or a charity may own the property.
Supported Living refers to the way in which accommodation and support are organised, rather than the amount of support. This will be tailored to individual need and can include access to support 24 hours a day if assessed as necessary, although many people do not require this – particularly with the use of assistive technology such as telecare equipment (discussed further under Other Services) that ensures an emergency response and helps keep people safe.
Local supported living teams can advise what supported living is available in any given area. Other assistance may include:
- mobility equipment
- home adaptations
- emergency call centre
- meals on wheels