Supported living

In Solihull, supported living is provided to help adults with a learning disability, physical disability or mental health needs live as independently as possible in the community.

Supported living differs from care at home (also known as domiciliary care). Supported living may involve personal care but it will also support someone to play an active part in all aspects of their life. This includes support to go out and participate in activities they enjoy.

Supported living can be provided in several ways. These are:

  • 1:1 support to enable people to enjoy activities or complete tasks around the home where this needs to be done on an individual basis; or
  • 24/7 support to maintain independent living. This is usually where a person lives in a home which is part of a bigger development of flats and there is onsite support at all times to manage needs that arise during the night, for example; or
  • Shared support with a number of people who live in the same building, and/or want support to participate in the same activity

Who is eligible for supported living?

The main eligibility criteria for supported living are:

  • having a mental health need or a need that arises from autism, acquired brain injury, a physical or a learning disability
  • being a resident of Solihull
  • aged 18 years or over
  • meeting eligibility criteria as defined in the Care Act 2014
  • supported living being agreed as a positive option to meet those needs
  • having a desire to retain independence and live within the community

What kind of support is provided?

Supported living includes:

  • personal care, where this is needed
  • making your own choices
  • playing an active part in every aspect of your life
  • taking part in your local community
  • getting a job and working
  • taking supported trips and holidays

Further information

To find out more about supported living: