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Accessing Supported Living – Care and Accommodation

What is it?

Supported living is Sheffield City Council’s preferred model of care for people with a learning disability.  It gives people more rights, choices, and control over their own lives, but it is a flexible model of support that can look very different for different people.

The term Supported Living can be used to describe a model of care delivered to someone in their own property e.g. the family home, but it can also describe the care and accommodation solution for an individual.

It can help someone who is finding it difficult to cope at home as well as being the next step towards someone gaining more independence in their life. Supported Living can be particularly helpful for people with a learning disability who may need a little extra help in some areas of their lives whilst maintaining a high level of independence in others.

The cost of the care and support is met either by the council or you, depending on your income and savings.


The Benefits

  • You have a greater choice regarding who you live with, who comes into your house, and who supports you
  • You have greater choice regarding where you want to live
  • You can have your own home
  • You are supported to be healthy and safe
  • You can choose to take part in the community
  • You will have the same rights and responsibilities as other homeowners
  • You will have a more secure tenancy


How to access it

Supported Living accommodation is arranged by social workers who can talk to you about what outcomes you want to achieve, where you want to live and who you want to live with. They will liaise with the Commissioning Brokerage Team to identify potential care and support options for you to consider. The Commissioning Brokerage Team manage a framework of quality approved Supported Living providers as well as holding a database of known Supported Living accommodation across the city.


If you do not have an allocated social worker but want to find out more about Supported Living please contact the First Contact Team on 0114 273 4908. 

Last review: 06/07/2021
Information owner: Strategy and Commissioning, People Portfolio

Last Updated: 13/05/2022
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