Supported Living

Supported Living provides 24-hour support to people with complex needs who are living in their own homes, either living alone or sharing with other people. Support is person-centred and individually tailored so that people are able to enjoy their homes, be a valued member of their community, develop their skills and be as independent as possible. The people we work with, and their families, have a leading role in all aspects of their bespoke service including recruiting the staff who will be supporting them in their homes.

How we provide support

Funding and Budgets

If you or a family member have been assessed by your local council as having an eligible need, you may be assessed for a personal budget (or ‘individual budget’). Your personal budget is a pot of money that is separate from any benefits you may receive and is allocated to fund your support.

Planning your support

Independent Options can also help you to create an outcome focused Support Plan, which will outline how you plan to spend your money, what your goals are and what support you need in order to accomplish those aspirations. We will refer back to this regularly to make sure that you’re achieving what you would like to.

Living with others

Independent Options offers a bespoke service tailored to meet individuals’ needs. We can support people to meet other prospective tenants who wish to share a home to enable them to live with people of similar ages, interests and personalities. Independent Options can help you to facilitate this process, and we ensure you always have the final say on who you live with.

Finding a property

Independent Options will always work in close consultation with you about your housing options and you will always be involved in the decision making about the property you choose to live in. We work closely with housing associations, including Care Housing Association, to provide accessible, high quality, and sustainable housing options. Adaptions will be made to the property to ensure it is tailored to each individuals’ needs, including modifications that are completed to a high standard.

Isla's Story

Isla is three and a half years old and has been coming to the Children and Family Centre for around two years with her family.

At first Isla had no diagnosis, but it was clear to her parents that something was different from an early age as she had a short attention span and would have regular crises if other children came near her. Her speech was also delayed and she didn’t speak or make any verbal noises until the age of three.

By coming to The Centre, play around other children was normalised for Isla as she began to get used to other children being around and she loves coming to The Centre now. She enjoys the freedom to play in the garden or inside with the toys and crafts. Isla responds well to the staff and volunteers at The Centre and is confident to ask for help.

“Isla has speech and language delay but one of the first words Isla spoke was when she shouted “Messy Play!”, so we knew then how vital it was for her to come here.”

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