You may prefer not to live in residential care, but find it difficult to cope at home. But you may, with help, be able to live independently in the community.If so, you may want to consider “supported living services” – sometimes called “floating support”, “visiting support” or “tenancy sustainment”.
Services that support independent living are made up of suitable or adapted accommodation – which can be your own home – and some forms of personal care.
Some supported living homes may be shared by two or three people with similar conditions, such as a substance misuse problem or a particular disability.
Staff will usually visit the home to provide motivation, such as encouragement to get out of bed and go out to college or work, and carry out simple tasks such as shopping, housework and repairs, and provide help with administrative tasks or personal care, if required.
Why choose supported living services?
Supported living services may provide a good option in some circumstances offering flexibility, and perhaps even better value for money than some of the alternatives, whether you fund your own care or receive a personal budget.
Supported living services are not regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
But any personal care provided – such as help with washing or preparing food, or help eating meals.