In supported housing, accommodation is provided either by a private landlord, registered charity or local authority alongside support, supervision or care to help people live as independently as possible in the community. These can be single tenancies for people living alone, or a shared property for people living together with similar needs, but with their own tenancy agreement and bedroom. Care and support can be offered throughout the day and night, dependent on assessed needs.
Care packages at home
If accommodation is not required, additional support can be put in the home. This could include support from specialist care agencies to assist the individual manage everyday domestic tasks, attend to personal care or support to attend leisure activities, dependent on assessed need. A Personal Assistant provides the exact care and support you need to help you stay independent in your own home.
Disabled Facilities Grant (DFGs)
If you or a person living with you is disabled, you may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). The grant will enable you to adapt your property for the disabled person to live as independently as possible. Owner-occupiers, landlords and a wide range of tenants can also apply for a DFG.
The Shared Lives service provides support to vulnerable adults over the age of 18 in a home environment. This involves sharing family and community life and is provided by Shared Lives carers who can be single people, couples or extended families. This help can be for a few hours during the day, a weekend break or someone living in the home for a short or long period.
Shared Lives is an invaluable service made up of experienced, trained compassionate and caring people who want to offer support in a home environment and enable vulnerable adults to remain as independent as they can.
Shared Ownership is where a person buys a share of a property and rents the rest of the property from a Housing Association. Shared Ownership does not mean you have to share your home with other people, unless you want to. We recommend that you contact estate agents or the local authority social care team who can provide more information.
Residential or nursing care home
Sometimes, if a person’s needs are complex requiring specialist care, including nursing care, 24 hour support in a registered care home may be an appropriate option. This includes specialist care homes for younger people, dependent on assessed need.
At risk of becoming homeless
If you are struggling to maintain your home and are at risk of homelessness, visit our homeless pages for ways we can help.