Deciding to move into a supported living home can be an exciting time of change for people with autism, learning disabilities or other support needs, but it can also be a challenging time. You may feel unsure about the options available out there, or what type of accommodation would be most suitable for yourself or a loved one.
This guide aims to provide valuable insights and considerations for those embarking on the supported living journey. Whether you are an individual seeking support or a family member looking to make an informed decision, this guide will help you navigate the process.
What is Supported Living?
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.
Unlike residential care homes, supported living provides the people who live there with individual tenancies. This allows people to have a home of their own while enjoying greater independence and control over their own environment.
The primary goal of supported living is to empower individuals to live as independently as possible while providing the necessary assistance to thrive within a community setting. At Liaise, our supported living services are designed to meet the unique needs and aspirations of each individual, fostering personal growth and enhancing quality of life.
Learn more about supported living services in our guide.
Supported Living: What to Consider?
Assessing Individual Needs and Preferences
Before considering supported living, it’s important to assess the specific needs, goals, and preferences of the individual. Think carefully about the levels of support your loved one requires in various areas of daily living, including personal care, household tasks, and social activities. By carefully considering these needs, you can choose a supported living environment that is well-suited to meet the individual’s requirements.
Location and Environment
When selecting a supported living setting, carefully consider the location of the home and its proximity to important amenities and support networks. Access to community resources, transportation options, and recreational facilities can significantly impact an individual’s overall well-being and quality of life. Additionally, it can be beneficial to ask for a tour of the home to assess the suitability of the living environment, including accessibility features and safety measures.
Support Staff and Expertise
The qualifications, experience, and training of support staff are vital considerations in the supported living journey. Evaluating the expertise and capabilities of the staff can provide reassurance that your loved one’s specific needs will be adequately addressed. Understanding the staff-to-resident ratio and availability of support during different times of the day is also important for ensuring consistent and reliable assistance.
Individualised Support Plans
Person-centred support plans are the cornerstone of effective supported living. Be sure to ask about the development and implementation of individualised support plans, which should be tailored to the unique needs, preferences, and aspirations of the individual. Active involvement of the individual and their family or guardian in the planning process is crucial to ensure that their voices are heard and their choices are respected.
Social and Recreational Opportunities
A vibrant social life and access to recreational activities are vital aspects of supported living. Explore the availability of social events and recreational opportunities within the supported living setting. Engaging in community activities and building relationships with peers can enhance social skills, boost self-esteem, and foster a sense of belonging.
Safety and Security Measures
Safety and security should be paramount in any supported living environment. Understand the safety protocols and emergency procedures in place to ensure the well-being and protection of the people who live there. Adequate security measures should be implemented to provide peace of mind for both individuals and their families.
Family and Community Involvement
Assess the opportunities for family involvement and participation in the care and support of the individual. Family engagement plays a crucial role in maintaining a strong support network and ensuring your loved one’s happiness and well-being. Ask if there are any nearby connections with community organisations and resources that can provide additional support and enhance the individual’s social network.
Understanding the cost structure and financial arrangements for your preferred supported living services is essential for making informed decisions. Explore the funding options, benefits, and entitlements available for individuals with learning difficulties, as financial considerations play a significant role in the choice of supported living options. Liaise provides transparent information about costs and can assist individuals and families in navigating the financial aspects of supported living.
Transition and Trial Periods
Moving into supported living represents a significant transition. Inquire about the transition process and whether there are trial periods available. Trial periods allow individuals and their families to experience the supported living environment firsthand, ensuring the person enjoys the environment and it is suitable to their needs before making a long-term commitment.
Ongoing Review and Communication
The best supported living services perform regular reviews and evaluations to make sure they are always providing the highest standard of person-centred support. Feel free to ask about the mechanisms in place for ongoing reviews and assessments. Effective communication channels and opportunities for feedback are vital for individuals, families, and support staff to address concerns, make necessary adjustments, and ensure that support remains aligned with changing needs.
Supported Living from Liaise
Moving into supported living can be a transformative experience for people with complex and varied needs. By considering the factors outlined in this guide, individuals and their families can make informed decisions about the most suitable supported living options available.
Remember that Liaise is dedicated to providing high-quality supported living services tailored to the unique needs and aspirations of each individual. Each Liaise supported living accommodation is unique and has its own distinct personality. These homes often feature adaptations and specialist equipment designed to meet a range of complex care needs.
The support received is flexible and always adapted to the unique needs of each individual. We provide dedicated 24/7 support in all of our supported living accommodations.
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