Supported Living


 

We know that finding the right care and support for your needs can be tricky, especially when you want to maintain your independence. That’s why our supported living options are designed around what’s important to you.

Supported living offers an alternative to residential care and empowers you to choose the right amount of support – how and when you need it – so you can lead an enriching and fulfilling life.

Our supported living is based on positive outcomes and with over 10 years of expertise of developing environments that focus on promoting and encouraging the people we support’s independence and functioning.

The type of support you receive is controlled by you and with our staff, you will develop a personalised support plan based on your interests, priorities and skills. From help with personal care needs and managing finances, to finding education, work or leisure activities – you decide!

This can be in a variety of settings dependent on your needs, circumstances and goals but they could include any of the following:

  • Independent living – You could choose to live independently in your own flat with as much or as little support as you need. This could be in one of our already established properties, or we can work with you and our housing partners to source a property that meets your needs.
  • Shared living – We can help connect you to other people who might want to live independently too but aren’t yet ready to live alone. You will have your own space but benefit from socialising with other like-minded people, sharing the communal spaces and sharing the costs of household bills.
  • Apartment living – You may be looking for the best of both worlds. Your own modern apartment with some shared communal space so you can choose when and if you want to socialise. We have worked with our housing partners to develop this popular type of accommodation.
  • Stepping stone accommodation – This provides stability whilst you are between long-term support solutions. This type of support will help you plan for your future in a structured way. We will support you with the skills you may need to help you live more independently and, when you are ready, support you to move on.

If you think you’re ready for the next step towards independence, get in touch with our enquiry team today!

 

Options for Supported Living

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It can be hard to find the right setting for those living with challenging behaviours and even harder to find a provider that takes time to understand why the challenging behaviours occur in the first place.

With over 10 years of experience, our staff are trained to observe potential triggers, create clear channels of communication and promote consistency that develops positive outcomes and minimises the occurrence of challenging behaviours.

We work with the people we support and their close network to establish behaviour patterns, remove barriers that restrict choice and equip people with the skills to reduce or self-manage their own behaviours.

ABL Care support staff are committed to delivering our Positive Behavioural Support Strategy and are trained in accordance with the principles of the MAPA programme, (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression).

We deliver accredited training programmes to our staff on MAPA, who utilise approved means of re-direction and physical intervention to manage challenging situations.

We base our approach around the individual, and while historical assessments can provide insightful backgrounds, they are not the sole basis of our support plans.

Transition can be a positive and exciting time when your move is planned to suit your needs and everyone is working well together. We have a wealth of experience supporting people and their families through the changes that transition involves and the uncertainty surrounding these changes.

By working together with you and your support network, we can create a structured and flexible transition plan which will help to alleviate your worries.

We facilitate open and honest communication throughout your transition journey, providing clarity and reassurance when it is needed most. We will be there to support you in a way that suits you as you move into your new home and going forward.

A personal budget is an amount of money allocated by your Local Authority to meet your care and support needs. They are available for both people with support needs and also for carers.

Personal budgets and direct payments give you the freedom and flexibility over how your care and support is arranged and provided to meet your needs. You’ll be in control, so you can make choices about the kinds of support you’d like and who you’d like to be supported by. We’re here to support all of your care, leisure, social, cultural and wellbeing needs.

Who can choose to have a personal budget?

An assessment by your Local Authority will identify if you are eligible for support and a personal budget will be set based on your individual needs.

Once an amount of money to meet your care and support needs and a funding method has been agreed, you’ll be supported to develop a care and support plan. The plan will outline how you’d like to choose to spend the money to meet your support needs.

What are the options for managing a personal budget?

There are a number of ways you can choose for your personal budget to be managed:

  • A direct payment – a payment that is made directly to you (or a nominated or authorised person) so you can arrange and pay for support yourself.
  • A managed account – you choose for your Local Authority to organise your support for you.
  • A third-party arrangement – you choose an organisation to hold your personal budget and help you decide how to spend it. This includes an Individual Service Fund (ISF) – a budget that a support provider manages on your behalf.
  • A combination of any of the options above.

You have the right to request a direct payment to meet your eligible needs if you can manage a direct payment alone or with help. An authorised person can manage your direct payment if you lack capacity, however your Local Authority will need to agree that the person will act in your best interests.

Personal health budgets

We also support people with personal health budgets – an amount of money based on identified health and wellbeing needs. This budget is agreed between you and your local NHS team.

A personal health budget enables you to plan and choose how you’d like to use the money to meet your health and care needs. The aim is to give you flexibility over how your support is arranged and provided.

An integrated health and care personal budget is where the budget includes funding from both the local authority and the NHS.