Supported living

Supported living provides housing and support in one package for people with support needs to live independently and learn new skills. 

The accommodation could be a shared house or individual flats, depending on your needs. The number of people living in supported living scheme also varies.  

Who supported living is for

Supported living is for people who are not able to live completely independently. It can be an alternative to residential care. 

Services meet the needs of people with a wide range of needs, including mental health needs or a learning disability. Some services provide low levels of support, while others provide 24-hour support for people who have complex needs.

How it works

In supported living, you have a tenancy agreement and you pay for rent and bills in your own home. You may be eligible for some benefits to help you.

There is a focus on gaining skills and independence and learning responsibility for things like cooking, cleaning and shopping. 

Support could involve:

  • daily living skills (including personal care)
  • housing-related support
  • health and wellbeing
  • support to access the local community including employment and training. 

Access supported living

To access this service you will need to have a needs assessment and if you are eligible, someone will help you with support planning.  

Arrange an assessment by contacting Access Point, the contact centre for Adult Social Care. 

Ensuring service quality

Most supported living services are monitored by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator for health and social care in England.

The Care Quality Commission monitors, inspects and regulates supported living accommodation to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. The Commission then publishes what it finds, including performance ratings.

Find out more about arranging care services in your own home.