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Supported Living Homes It's All We Do!

T.P Properties provides a range of supported living homes from adapted, new build, apartment project to standard (non-adapted) properties, in any area nationwide...in fact it's all that we do!  To learn more about us and how we do this, take a look at the 'Who We Are' section.  

However, the concept of housing with support is somewhat new, as are the words used.  We have put together a list of the key questions and terms but this section offers a basic understanding of our housing niche.  Our aim is that you feel fully empowered, involved and partnered when working with us, irrespective of whether you are a potential tenant, their supporter or commissioner.

What is a supported living home?
The supported living method of providing holistic care to vulnerable individuals differs from the typical residential or domiciliary care models because of a separation of the support services away from the provision of accommodation.  Basically, one company provides the care, one company provides the housing.

It aims to assist people to live as independently as possible within their own community.  A person who needs support has their own tenancy agreement.  They may live on their own or with others. They may have only one hour a week support from a care agency or a 24-hour provision.  But what all these people will have in common is that they will pay their own bills, develop their own space, and have choice over what type of life they want to pursue.  Mealtimes are when they want; a food shop uses their list; the day is spent at their schedule; bedtime is when they feel tired.  Freedom, individuality and choice are key.

We collaborate with a variety of support organisations, but for the avoidance of doubt T.P Properties is a completely separate organisation with no shared ownership or investment with any of the care organisations it partners.  

Should you wish to understand how a supported living home moves from an idea to a reality take a look at our followed project pages these show how a real life project progressed, with its ups and downs, to its final completion.  We feel it is critical that all partners have a sense of what to expect, as the greater the knowledge the better the collaboration, and the better the problem solving!

How is it different from social care?
Under the Registered Home Act, 1984 (superseded by the Care Standards Act, 2000), if a support service company provides the home in which the service user lives, together with their board and care, this organisation has to register this location with the local authority as a registered care home.  As a result the service provider would be paid a lump sum directly by the local authority, for each individual’s assessed costs of board and care, as a package.

Under the tenancy model, properties are separated away from the responsibility of the care provider, instead being assigned to and managed by independent housing providers through individual management agreements, with terms of typically twenty years agreed for each property.

Bodies are recognising that there are other ways of providing housing and support, that different companies can work together bringing their respective expertise; not all people see their destiny in a residential care establishment.  Housing, care, benefits, health etc. are all starting to be linked together in new and exciting ways around an individual.

'In the 2013 Department of Health Spending Review there is a proposal to develop and fund integrated health and social care services and a holy grail like plan that joined up services will be the norm, not the exception.'  Steve Ongeri

Why choose supported housing?
'Demand for supported housing is growing as a consequence of broader social and demographic change... it is deemed to be community based... and more economic than some other options, and perhaps more flexible.'  The combination of housing and services offers a cost effective way to help people to live more stable and productive lives.  Research has shown that coupling permanent housing solutions with supportive services is highly effective at maintaining stability, as well as helping to improve health outcomes and decrease the use of publicly funded institutions (Chronic Homelessness Brief, 2007.)

The separation of the provision of housing from care and support results in individual service users receiving directly all of the benefits they are entitled to, including housing benefit for the rent costs, welfare support according to their disability or needs, and income support or equivalent for their day to day living needs, if appropriate.  Individuals can often gain a considerable amount each week in disposable income compared to the more traditional ‘registered’ method of service delivery which offers weekly 'pocket money.'

Interestingly, the concept of 'pocket money' was one of T.P Properties' drivers when starting the company.  As our history emanates from experiences in residential care we saw firsthand how 'pocket money' operated and its impact.  Many of the care home residents wanted to smoke tobacco, travel into the city or take part in a weekly activity, but found that the amount of money that they were given each week made this very difficult (perhaps around £24.90 in 2014.) Creating a varied and holistic support plan was made far more challenging by this monetary restriction.

So the question then has to be, 'Is housing with support more expensive than residential care?' According to Laing and Buisson in 2011, it isn't.  They wrote:

'Supported living arrangements have usually meant a considerably lower call on social services budgets than residential care, as housing costs have been covered by housing benefit or local housing allowance (LHA), and living costs have been paid by service users themselves, out of their additional benefits and allowances received. The move to use of supported living has accelerated in the last four years or so, driven by the personalisation policy, government performance indicators and the efforts by local authorities to make their increasingly tight adult social care budgets go further.'

What are the budgets involved?
Each project will have a unique set of costs attributed to it.  No two supported living homes are the same.  Experience in this field has shown us that housing benefit departments are usually tolerant of rents that are generated by a budget per tenant; so irrespective of the number of people that want to live together we will work out a cost per person.  Over time we have developed complex formulae to devise this amount, multiplying this by the total tenant number to define the complete capital expenditure.

This budget has to cover the total expenditure associated with the supported living home.  All amounts make up something called the ‘Total Scheme Cost’ (TSC) which drives the rent and is available to all appropriately registered housing organisations and housing benefit departments.

So, your basic 'whistle-stop' guide to supported living homes is over.  Find yourself needing to know more?  Here's a good place to start...Commissioning.

  

Demand for supported housing is growing as a consequence of broader social and demographic change...
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Supported living homes are all that we do.