Learning disabilities accommodation and support
Supported living services provide accommodation and support for adults with a learning disability, so that they can help people achieve and maintain their independence in the community.
Supported living schemes are operated by a variety of organisations, including housing associations, voluntary organisations and the council. In supported living schemes people usually rent their home from the organisation and receive care and support as part of a supported living arrangement. The level of care and support depends on individual need.
It's important to note that supported living arrangements vary from person to person, and each case is considered individually.
What is different about supported living?
- You are living at home - not in a home
- You have your own front door and decide who comes in
- You get support to keep your independence
Why might I consider moving into supported living?
There may have been changes in your life or your family circumstances. You might feel the time is right for you to become more independent or you might feel you want the security that supported living can provide.
What happens if my health gets worse while I am in supported living?
It is expected that your needs will change over time. Often people become more independent than they were before.
However, we know there may be times when you need a lot of care and support. The support staff are flexible and will ask you what you need. They will support you to stay in your home for as long as possible.
We work closely with other professionals such as doctors and district nursing staff to achieve this. If the staff team are unable to give you the level of care and support you need then a referral would be made to a care manager for a reassessment for you.
Who runs supported living services?
There is a variety of supported living schemes in South Tyneside. Organisations involved include housing associations, voluntary and independent providers and the council. Some of these providers are listed on our residential care providers pages.
Is there a charge for supported living services?
You will be required to pay rent and a service charge to the organisation which provides your accommodation. You may be eligible for housing benefit to help with this cost.
You will also need to pay all the usual bills you would pay for in your own home - gas, electricity, council tax, water etc.
Depending on your income you may have to pay us for the support element of the service. Charges are based on your financial circumstances and ability to pay. We will visit you to work out if you have to pay towards the costs of your care and if so how much this contribution will be.
How can I get a place in supported living?
To get a supported living service a referral must be made from a care manager. If you are interested in living in supported living you should tell your care manager and ask them to help you apply for a place. If you do not have a care manager you should contact Adult Social Services.
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