What is Supported Living?

At Liaise, we believe everyone has the right to live as independently as possible whilst enjoying a safe and homely environment. We are proud to provide supported living services where people with a wide range of care needs can receive the practical, physical and emotional support they need to live happy, purposeful lives.

This guide will provide an in-depth look at supported living for anyone looking to take this step towards greater independence.

If you would like to learn more about our supported living services, do not hesitate to contact our friendly team. We are here to help your family and provide impartial support and guidance.

How Does Supported Living Work?

Supported living is a service that allows people with a range of support needs to live independently in their own homes with assistance from dedicated support staff. People in supported living may live in an individual-based flat or share a community-based home with other people with similar support needs.

In supported living, the support provided is tailored to each individual. This could include everything from help with learning a new life skill, encouraging new hobbies or support in finding employment.

People in supported living have their own tenancy and are responsible for their own bills and cost of living. Not everyone has the capacity to manager their own tenancy and bills, so in these cases they receive support from their families, their social worker or advocates. It is common for the people providing an individual’s care to also provide guidance and support for their tenancy or bills, each persons supported network is unique to their needs and circumstances. This allows people to enjoy a home of their own with greater control over their own environment. The house itself is often provided through a specialist landlord while the individual support is offered by a care provider like Liaise.

Who is Supported Living For?

Supported living services help adults with a wide range of needs including:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s
  • Learning disabilities
  • Complex behaviours
  • Mental health conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS)
  • Acquired brain injuries (ABI)

What is the Difference Between Supported Living and Residential Care?

The major difference between supported living and residential care is that in supported living arrangements people have their own home and a tenancy agreement. In supported living, people are responsible for paying their own bills and the cost of living with help from support staff.

In residential care homes, both the accommodation and support are delivered by the same care provider. People living in residential care homes will have their own private bedroom while sharing access to communal areas like a living room, kitchen or dining area.

Funding For Supported Living Services

With supported living, the support provided and the home where the care is delivered are covered by separate agreements.

To help cover the costs of supported living, there are a range of benefits a person may be entitled to such as the housing benefit part of Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payments, Employment and Support Allowance and Attendance Allowance (AA).

The NHS or the local authority may also cover some or all of the costs of a person’s care.

What is Supported Living Like With Liaise?

At Liaise, we’re dedicated to providing outstanding support to people with complex and varied needs through our supported living and residential care homes.

In our supported living, community-based homes, people can enjoy a safe, comfortable and enriching environment. Each of our homes is unique and has its own distinct personality, just like the wonderful people that live there. Many of our homes feature adaptations and specialist equipment designed to meet the needs of the people they support.

We provide dedicated 24/7 support in all of our supporting living accommodations. The support received is flexible and always adapted to the unique needs of each individual.

Our goal is to enrich the lives of the people we support by helping them develop core life skills and live more independently. We provide support in the following ways:

  • Learning independent daily living skills
  • Support with cooking, meal planning, cleaning and looking after the home
  • Encouraging and help accessing social or leisure activities
  • Support in finding employment, education or volunteering opportunities
  • Developing community skills such as shopping and banking
  • Assistance with identifying and claiming benefits
  • Cultural and religious support
  • Help accessing health and social community programmes
  • Medication management
  • Specialised positive support for behavioural presentations that can challenge

How We Create Our Support Plans

Each of the people we support receives a personalised support package guided by the principles of “person-centredness”. This means the support we provide is always based on the specific needs, desires and ambitions of each individual.

By working closely in partnership with each person, we arrive at solutions designed to achieve positive outcomes and help people reach their personal goals. Once a support plan is in place, we regularly review progress so we can make sure we are recognising and celebrating positive outcomes.

When creating our support plans, our specialist multidisciplinary support teams draw on several positive and proactive strategies like Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) to reduce stress and anxiety whilst always maintaining dignity and respect for the people we support.

Learn More About Supported Living

Our mission is to enrich the lives of people living with complex or varied support needs and enable them to lead happy and fulfilling lives.

We are here to support you and your family. If you would like to learn more about our supported living services, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.