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Supported living helps people who want to live independently in their own home but who still need help with a range of tasks.

What is supported living?

Key features include:

  • Provision of housing or accommodation for people. This can be in shared housing, individual flats or other tenancy based housing, including general needs or normal private housing
  • Provision of care to meet assessed needs. This might range from a few hours to full 24/7 care provision. It can include where people have very high needs and require more than one staff to support them
  • Provision of advice and support about finances and/or benefits
  • With supported living schemes there may also be core support carers available across a 24/7 period for ad hoc support. This might be to respond to requests from tenants, whether for extra care and support, or for emergencies such as injury, incidents or mental health crises

Evidence shows that people in supported housing / supported living are more likely:

  • to meet their goals for independence
  • have greater presence in their community

Dudley vision

Our vision is to ensure people with learning disabilities and or autism are enabled and supported to lead fulfilling lives that meet their needs and outcomes.

Dudley is particularly focused on promoting strength-based approaches to both assessment and the delivery of care and support where required and reduce the overreliance on paid service and traditional restrictive models of care such as residential care.
Promoting independence and self-determination with a wider range of opportunities and services is a key strategic commissioning priority.

We plan to:

  • support young people as they prepare for adulthood to have opportunities locally:
    • accessing education
    • vocational services
    • employment support
    • living independently support
    • fulfil their needs and aspirations
    • live the life they choose
  • ensure the provision of appropriate accommodation and support for all people, including as people age so they may remain in their homes and retain their independence for as long as possible

We follow the REACH standards

Reach Standard 1: I choose who I live with. Reach Standard 2: I choose where I live. Reach Standard 3: I have my own home (with a tenancy or ownership). Reach Standard 4: I choose who supports me and how I am supported. Reach Standard 5: I choose my friends and my relationships. Reach Standard 6: I get help to make changes in my life. Reach Standard 7: I choose how to be healthy and safe. Reach Standard 8: I choose how I am part of the community. Reach Standard 9: I have the same rights and responsibilities as other citizens.

Types of supported living

  • Individual apartment
  • Apartments as part of a small supported living scheme (usually between 6-15 apartments)
  • Shared apartment (with one or two people)
  • Shared house (with up to three people)
  • Individual bungalow
  • Bungalow as part of a cluster of bungalows / supported living scheme
  • Home ownership - flat / bungalow / house
  • Shared ownership - flat / bungalow / house
  • Council flat
  • Council house
  • Private rental - flat / bungalow / house

Supported Living vs Residential Care Homes

People living in Supported Living People in Residential Care Homes
Are tenants who have their own front door Do not have their own front door
Choose who they live with, if anyone Cannot choose who they live with
Are supported to have their benefits and finances maximised Have very little personal finances
Have more disposable income to choose how they want to live Have very little choice how their care and support is organised
Can choose who supports them and how, and can change the provider that supports them without losing their home Cannot choose who supports them and cannot change the organisation that delivers their care
Can choose when to get up and when to go to bed Are limited in their choice of when to get up and when to go to bed
Can choose what to eat and when Are limited in their choices
Can choose who visits them and when Cannot choose who enters their home and when


These are some common misconceptions:

  • Supported living is only for people with low level needs
  • People in supported living have periods where they have no support and are isolated
  • Supported living is preferred by councils because it is cheaper
  • Supported living is only for people who have full mental capacity and can manage their own finances
  • Supported living accommodation is in small flats and in run down areas

None of these are true.


Useful information

Contact us

For further information, please contact Joanne Wright, Independent Living Lead on 01384 815792.

The Independent Living Team can also be contacted at