Every year hundreds of people make the big move of moving from their parents’ home into their own accommodation either on their own or with people they wish to share with.
Knowing all the options – which are numerous – is the first step to helping determining what may be possible. Making sure the right level of care and support is in place is also important. We understand that getting to grips with the housing options can be daunting and making sure that the right level of care is in place is worrying.
Many people make the decision to make proactive plans based on the options available, whilst others sometimes have to make unplanned moves. My advice is to look at the potential options as earlier as possible – even if the move is years away – to ensure the best chances for a future successful move.
There are number of housing and support options including registered care and supported living and there may well be existing services that meet the assessed needs of the person. However, where there is not currently suitable or available accommodation it is possible to work with social services and housing providers to set up a new service for themselves.
There are different ways of paying for the care and housing depending on these options. In a registered care setting the local authority would be responsible for paying for the whole costs of care and housing. Whereas in a supported living setting the local authority would pay for the support and care costs and the individual would apply for Housing Benefit to pay towards their housing costs. If a new service is being established, then the individual should be able to choose a suitable care provider or even recruit their own team of support worker through a personalised budget. Whatever the option it is crucial that the individual has an assessment of their support needs in any accommodation and that this funding is agreed upfront before moving in. Obviously if they wish to share with other people they should be given the opportunity to identify others who could move into any new service.
GLH and other providers have years of experience in supporting individuals and their families making such plans for the future. If you would like to discuss this further do get in contact with us http://www.glh.org.uk/contact/
I hope that gives you a bit more information.
Best wishes John