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Supported Living

Supported living services can help if you do not want to live in residential care but you're finding it difficult to cope at home.

They're a combination of suitable accommodation - which can be your own home - with some forms of personal care (like help with washing or cooking).

Some supported living homes are shared by multiple with a similar health problem, such as a substance misuse problem or a particular disability.

Staff usually visit the home to help you get out of bed, go out to college or work, and do simple tasks such as shopping, housework and repairs.

They can also help with administrative tasks and personal care.


Five reasons that supported living might be the right option for you

Increased independence

Supported living helps you to live in your own homes and make your own choices about how you live your life. This can promote greater independence and autonomy compared to, for example, residential care homes.

Person-centred support

Supported living is designed to be person-centred, meaning that the support provided is tailored to meet your specific needs and preferences. This can help to ensure that you receive the support you need to achieve your goals and live the life you want.

Improved quality of life

By helping you to live independently and have greater control over your life, supported living can improve your quality of life. This can include improved social connections, greater participation in community activities, and a sense of pride and accomplishment in achieving personal goals.


Supported living arrangements can be highly flexible, allowing for adjustments to be made as your needs change over time. This can help to ensure that you continue to receive the support you need to maintain your independence and achieve your goals.


Compared to settings such as residential care homes, supported living can be a cost-effective option. By providing support in your own home and communities, supported living can reduce the need for more expensive and intensive forms of care.

Five things to consider when deciding if supported living is right for you

Level of independence

Consider the level of independence you need and what support you need to achieve that independence. Supported living is a good option if you want to live independently, but require some support to do so.

Support needs

Consider your support needs, including medical and personal care needs, as well as any social or emotional support you may require. Supported living can provide a range of support services tailored to your needs.

Availability of suitable housing

Consider the availability of suitable housing in your preferred location. Supported living requires suitable accommodation that is accessible and meets your needs.

Access to support services

Consider the availability of support services in the local area. Supported living relies on a range of support services and resources, so it is important to ensure that these are available and accessible.

Funding and costs

Consider your financial situation and whether you are eligible for funding or financial assistance to cover the costs of supported living. It is also important to consider the costs of other support options, such as residential care homes, to make an informed decision about the most cost-effective option.

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