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In today’s world, individuals with disabilities or special needs have a broad spectrum of care and support services to choose from. Among these, one that stands out for its balance of independence and personal care is supported living.
Supported living refers to a care service designed to help individuals, primarily those with learning or physical disabilities. It allows those in care to live independently while still having access to necessary support.
This specialist form of care focuses on independence and increasing social interactions. The goal is to service users a sense of belonging whilst providing the proper support to live a more fulfilling life.
So, who exactly can benefit from supported living? Supported living can be for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, individuals recovering from brain injuries, and those with certain mental health issues. The aim is to support these individuals in leading fulfilling lives, with their care needs effectively addressed within a homely environment.
Supported Living at home refers to a care setup where individuals receive necessary support within their own homes. The comfort of one’s own home often contributes positively to the individual’s mental well-being. The support provided can range from help with personal care tasks to managing finances or socialising.
On the other hand, Supported Accommodation involves supported living services provided within housing managed by care organisations or local authorities. These could take the form of individual flats, shared houses, or small residential complexes. While residents have private space, they can also enjoy communal areas and shared activities, thereby encouraging social interaction.
The choice between home-based support and supported accommodation largely depends on the individual’s preferences, care needs, and desired level of social interaction.
The primary benefit of supported living is the enhancement of a person’s quality of life. Everyone deserves to live a fulfilling, independent life, and supported care services provide the stability and structure necessary to make that possible.
While supported living offers numerous advantages, it’s important to bear in mind some key considerations before opting for this care model.
Choosing the Right Provider: Ensure that you choose a reputable provider registered with the correct bodies like the Care Quality Commission.
Understanding the Costs: Supported living accommodation costs can vary based on the location, provider, and level of care needed. Ensure you understand what’s included in the service fee and what may come as an additional cost.
Evaluating Personal Compatibility: Consider if the living environment, support staff, and other residents (in case of supported accommodation) are compatible with the potential resident’s lifestyle and preferences.
Monitoring Quality of Care: Regularly assess the quality of care being provided to ensure that the service remains up to the mark and the individual’s needs are met.
At Safehands, we provide a standard of care that enhances the individual’s quality of life. Whether through care at home or within supported accommodation, our objective is to make a significant and positive difference in an individual’s life.
If you’re considering supported living as a care option, we encourage you to get in touch with us at Safehands. Our team can provide you with invaluable guidance, answer any questions you might have, and help you navigate the process.