Supported living services
A less formal, more flexible and sometimes cheaper alternative to care homes.
Supported living services can help if you don't 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 2 or 3 people 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.
Why choose supported living services?
Supported living services are flexible and sometimes better value for money than the alternatives, whether you fund your own care or receive a personal budget.
They aren't regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
But any personal care you receive – such as help with washing or preparing food, or help eating meals – is.
Such care mustn't be delivered by the housing owner or operator, but by a registered homecare agency or provider.
Finding out more about supported living services
You may hear about supported living services during a needs assessment.
Supported living services can be provided by the local council or charities, or they may be run by commercial companies.
Social services will let you know about local supported living services if it seems like they might meet your needs.
If a supported living service arrangement isn't suitable for you, you may still want to think about personal care at home, wherever you live, and other help, such as household equipment to make your life easier or home adaptations.