Supported Living is simply that – living with support. It is used to describe the living arrangements and care provided for an individual with support needs who would like to live in their own property, either alone or sharing with others, with a tenancy agreement and who would have a Service Provider who will provide the care they require within their home.
Staff in such environments are called Support Workers as their role is to provide support to enable people to live as independently as possible whilst taking into account wants and wishes, choices and capacities, care plans and risk assessments.
Support can include assisting with day to day personal care, menu planning, cooking, cleaning & shopping – support with finances, bills & budgeting – support with travelling, attending appointments & going to clubs, education or work. But importantly the support will give the chance for an individual to learn new life skills regardless of ability or capability. Support Workers can also help to encourage individuals to get involved in their local community.
The basic element of Supported Living is the separation of the support a person requires with the accommodation they choose to live in as this is provided by 2 separate entities. This gives the individual choices to change the support provider at any time whilst retaining a tenancy in their property. In effect the individual, quite rightly, takes control of their own needs in line with any professionals they work with to ensure the support they get is centre to their own individual wants and needs.
Living in Supported Living means that individuals retain their rights to benefits including Disability Living Allowance or PIP and Employment and Support Allowance. People may also be eligible for Housing Benefit to help with rent and other grants for home adaptations.
Support that is required is based on a Person Centred Care Plan and discussed with the individual and other professionals or family members as applicable. An Assessment is carried out to ensure that the person would be happy in this environment and to ensure that the level of care and support provided is sufficient and geared specifically to their needs and wishes.