What is High Level Supported Living?
High Level Supported living is an approach to housing and support for vulnerable people with a disability, based on the belief that every person has the right to lead their own life and to determine where, how, and with whom they live with and who provides them with support. The scheme allows vulnerable people to maintain their dignity and be part of a community while managing housing tenancies.
What does it mean in practice?
Long-term Schemes are designed for people who need full support to live independently, while Short-term schemes are designed to help people acquire the emotional and practical skills needed to move into mainstream housing.
The support given to occupiers depends on their needs. It can include:
- Help with getting benefits
- Developing independent living skills, such as how to cope in a crisis
- Developing budgeting skills
- Encouragement to reconnect with family and friends, or develop new social networks
- Assistance in taking up education, training and employment opportunities
- Support with personal care and meal preparation
- Support with keeping people safe
- Using specific positive behaviour training for people with high needs
The purpose of supported living is:
- To enable people to live as independently as possible in the community
- To support social involvement
- To give support which is right and unique to the person
- To ensure, in all cases, staff will have the right skills to see the world through the eyes of the people they support
For more information, there are downloadable fact sheets below.