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What is supported living?

Supported living (or supportive living) is a service that helps people with a range of support needs retain their independence, whilst offering that extra physical and emotional support whenever it is needed to help them lead fulfilling lives in their own homes. There are a number of different benefits of support living, from greater independence to tailored support and care.

Usually, people living in supportive housing have their own tenancy and live in designated housing provided by a specialist organisation, but still have full control over all their bills, household chores and other responsibilities that are involved with living in their own home. Support is provided separately to maximise their independence and if they have particular wishes or needs, to support them in achieving their goals.

Lifeways have several different supported living accommodation options across the UK.

What is residential care?

Residential care is for adults living with complex conditions who require 24/7 specialist support to care for their daily needs. Both accommodation and personal care and support are provided, and each person has their own private bedroom and access to shared communal areas such as the living room, dining room and kitchen. This allows residents to have alone time and independence in their rooms, but also the opportunity to enjoy spending time with others.

At Lifeways, each home complies with the regulatory requirements of the care commissions for England, Scotland, and Wales. 

What is the difference between supported living and residential care?

  • Residential care is for people who require specialist care 24/7, whereas supported living is better suited for people who require support to gain more independence to help them to lead completely fulfilled lives in their own homes. 
  • Both options offer support plans tailored to everyone’s needs and wishes, ensuring that everyone leads a fulfilling, enjoyable life learning new skills, making new friends and creating memories.
  • Residents living in a residential care home won’t be required to cover any costs as this will be covered by the individual’s local authority or health board. In supported living the resident is a tenant that is responsible for their rent, bills and other housing costs.

How to decide if to choose supported living or residential care?

When making the decision between supported living and residential care, there are several factors to consider – most importantly, the needs of the individual and the type and amount of support required. Both supported living and registered care can provide support 24/7, but for individuals with more complex needs who require constant 24/7 care and support, residential care may be a better choice. 

For both services, you will need a referral from your local authority who will help determine which service is best. You will never be required to decide for yourself or your loved one alone. If you decide to start the process through Lifeways, we will be here every step of the way, making sure you have all the information to make the right decision and putting you in contact with your local authority.

How we can help

At Lifeways, we’re proud to support people who live with a range of complex conditions, including learning disabilities, physical disabilitiesautism, sensory and communication impairments, acquired brain injuries, complex behavioural needs and mental health conditions. Everything we do is tailored to the unique needs of each individual.

If you want to find out more information or have a question, then we’re here to listen and answer any questions you have. Please get in touch today and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help

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