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Finding A Supported Living Place To Live

In a recent Community Care survey 65% of people with a learning disability said they wanted to live in their own house or flat. Housing with support was high on their list of priorities.  One could agrue that this figure may be under even greater pressure with the failure of some authorities to hit their targets in respect of returning learning disability patients back into the community after a period in an assessment situation.

'For an adult with a learning disability, it isn’t always easy to move,' wrote The Valuing Support Team in 2008 about supported living homes, adding that 'housing was important - the aim is for a choice of where and how you live.'  

Of the general population that have moved out of the family home and into housing around 71% of population live in houses which they own, whilst 29% rent as social housing tenants or private tenants.  However, the majority of people with a learning disability live with their families (50 - 60%) (Department of Health CM5086 (2001) Valuing People.)  But luckily as ambitions change this figure has all the energy it needs to reduce, and housing with support will rightly boom.  

But where do you start to look for the ideal supported living home?  

A further national survey of people with a learning disability by Valuing People in 2005 concluded that few found their homes through housing departments, council housing or homelessness applications. Housing help and advice generally came from family members, and if a statutory agency was approached it was a social services department.  These structures helped disabled people to move out of the family home, and in the vast majority of cases into residential care (about 30%) with only 15% holding their own tenancy or owning their own home. 'Valuing People Now' produced at the end of 2009 made it clear that improvement was needed and that local authorities had to concentrate on increasing the numbers of disabled people who lived in their own homes or had assured tenancies in rented accommodation.  

While some young people may want to stay on in the family home when they reach adulthood, many do so because they have not been aware that they have a choice.  The family view is that opportunities in housing with support are quite limited.  T.P Properties was established to broaden these choices. With over twenty five years of care and housing experience, working with a vast array of partners in the public, voluntary and private sectors, our knowledge and diverse proven working partnerships have made even the complex of housing problems able to be resolved...just take a look at our case histories.

But we can't find the right supported living home on our own.  As a person who wants to move into housing with support there are key things to think about that will help make a move more successful. Such as:

  • Why move into a supported living home?
  • What's important in the new home?
  • What housing with support choices are actually available?
  • Are there time frames that have to be considered?
  • How much money is there in any budgets?

These questions and many more are included in 'Finding a place to live', an accessible document produced to help you think about, the type of housing and support that you need, how to find it, and how to pay for it.  T.P Properties has been using materials such as this for many years with person centred planning always at the heart of everything that is done.  So take a look at this booklet and use it to start to get an understanding of what (if any) move is right for you.

You might find it useful to also view the housing film developed by the Department of Health or our own FAQs and Definitions section.  But whatever the supported housing issue or question we are here to help.  

Further along the road with your planning?  Take a look at our Property Search or Commissioning sections, the perfect home might be a click away. Or follow us on Twitter and Facebook where we regularly advertise any supported housing vacancies or new projects.


For an adult with a learning disability, it isn't always easy to move.
Find me a supported living home!