At Lifeways we want each person we support to feel safe, comfortable and happy in their surroundings. That’s why we offer a wide variety of locations across the UK as part of our supported living and residential care services, including shared housing and self-contained apartments.
Supported living shared housing
Suitable for everyone, shared housing offers the opportunity for people we support to lead fulfilling and independent lives whilst living together in a house or bungalow with others also receiving support.
Typically ranging from two- to six-bedroom homes, each person will have their own bedroom (and sometimes en-suite bathroom), with the communal areas of the home shared by all. Individuals are responsible for their own tenancy agreement and bills, which are usually paid for through funding.
Living in a shared house offers lots of benefits, especially for those looking for a family-home feel and who enjoy having company. Where we can, we match up housemates with similar interests and hobbies, and often see friendships flourish (read Christy and Jyoti’s story here) with housemates enjoying spending time together both inside and outside of their home.
Supported living self-contained apartments
More suited to those who enjoy having their own space, or looking to take a step towards greater independence, our one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments offer the opportunity for people we support to live safe and secure behind their own front door, but with the support on hand from our teams as and when needed.
As with our shared houses, our apartments can also be adapted to include assistive technology - with many of our new-build properties coming with certain adaptations as standard.
We understand the value of community, and so our apartment blocks are exclusively for people we support, many with communal spaces and garden areas for everyone to enjoy spending time together. This means the people we support have lots of opportunity for socialising, as well as having the privacy of their own space when they need it too.
Residential care locations
Our specialist residential care is suitable for people who will benefit from 24-7 support, with each home carefully designed to help keep the people we support safe and happy.
To further support individuals living with complex needs, many of our residential homes contain specific adaptations and assistive technology, including intercom systems, CCTV, ceiling hoists, wet rooms and sensory rooms.
Our residential locations have the same warm and welcoming community feel as our supported living settings, with opportunities for the individuals to enjoy spending time with others in communal living spaces and gardens, whilst still having the privacy of their own room.
"Our whole family has been supported by the kind, friendly and professional staff. They saw the potential in our quiet, reserved son and gently gave him the confidence to move into his beautiful new flat."
Finding the right location for you
There’s a few questions to think about before starting your search, including which area your loved one would like to live in, whether they would like to live in a shared house or apartment, and if they would prefer a more sociable atmosphere or quieter environment. These are the kinds of questions your social worker will ask as part of your assessment.
If you’re interested in making the move to Lifeways, you will need to have funding for your support in place. If you don’t currently have funding, the first step will be to contact your local authority or GP who will put you in touch with a social worker to help get your support agreed. We’ve added a link to help you find your local authority below.