Supported living is where an individual owns or rents their own home and has control over the support they get and how they live their lives. Accommodation and support is provided separately.
It can be very different for different people. For one person, supported living might be a few hours of support a week to enable them to live independently by themselves in a rented flat. For another it may be around the clock support in a shared house or self-contained flat.
We provide care and support at 26 supported living services across Sussex. Supported living is available for everyone regardless of the level or type of disability they have. In a supported living service, clients have tenancy rights as well as rights to welfare benefits including housing benefit, income support and disability living allowance.
Most of our supported living services are set up with the support of the local Housing and Adult Social Care departments. These departments will be able to provide you with an assessment of your needs.
All our supported living services are regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission. You can read the Inspection Report here.
Ben has his own flat in an eight-person supported living service. Ben has a physical disability as well as a learning disability and requires 24 hour support. There are a team of 10 staff who work at the service who support Ben and the other clients that live there. Staff are available at all times to support him and he has one to one support to help him do household tasks, such as shopping, cooking and cleaning, and to pursue his interests, music and football.