Supported Living

Supported living - is the term given by local authorities in the UK to encompass a range of services designed to help citizens retain their independence in their local community.

Previously, housing and support were usually provided by a charity or local council. Now individuals may have the opportunity to live in their own home or share with others and have personal support provided by another organisation or by hiring a personal assistant (paid visiting or live-in carer).

Supported living is quite a simple idea…

image of man in wheelchair receiving assistance
  • An individual gets the support they need to live in their own home
  • If the person's needs change the support they get can also be changed
  • The most important thing is that the support matches the person's needs
  • This means the support services are designed for the person…they fit the person, the person does not have to fit the services
  • This helps the person to live in their community

The Ethos of Supported Living

  • The funding a person gets is just for them. It is individual
  • The funding goes with the person and it changes if their needs change
  • An agency helps the person to get the supports they need to live in the home they choose and be part of their neighbourhood and community
  • The agency does 'whatever it takes' to get good results for the person
  • Supported living is based on the belief that individuals with support needs have the same rights as everyone else to live in and belong to their community
  • An agency supporting a person coordinates the supports needed for a person to live in a home of their choice and to become contributing members of their neighbourhoods and communities
  • It implies a 'whatever it takes' approach to achieving positive outcomes for people
  • Supported living is based on a particular view and about the worth, rights, membership and potential contribution of all people