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There are many possible options for independence for those with disabilities to live independent lives and develop life skills. This includes, not just Residential Care Homes, but options for Supported Living where people have their own tenancy and live in their own residence with others that have disabilities. With this, they get the level of support and care they need with daily living, for example, support workers helping with daily tasks, like cooking, washing and bills. For some, the help will be a regular visitor a couple of times a week, such as to help with bills. For others, it is daily help or even 24 hours a day help as needed for individual needs. Also they can still apply for Disability Benefits like Personal Independence Payments. There can be more flexibility and choice and independence with this option compare to residential care.
Others live with a family, in a family home with the family's support as part of the Shared Lives Scheme. Some people live in social housing, others in private housing. Some people with disabilities live fully independent lives but may benefit from Disability Facilities Grants from the Council to pay for modifications or adaptions due to their disability like rails, wet rooms or stair lifts.
Others can benefit from Help to Buy schemes to get their own private housing and thus to live independently in their own homes. These involve the benefit of Shared Ownership Schemes, or part buy and part rent from HOLD, making home owning a possible option. Here are some local and national links you may find useful.
Inclusive Films provide a documentary of people with learning disabilities, explaining their housing options. https://inclusivefilms.org/our-films/a-real-home-a-real-life
Choice Support Understanding your Tenancy
My Own home Guide explores different housing options for people with disabilities. This is an easy read document https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/sitedocuments/a_guide_to_housing_for_people_with_learning_difficulties_web_version.pdf
Mencap easy read housing guide for individuals with disabilities https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/housing/housing-our-easy-read-guide
Living Independently, Bucks explores the Bucks Housing options around supported living from the County Council. https://www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/kb5/buckinghamshire/fsd/advice.page?id=_kFlynHTn6E
Supported Living options explained by contacting a family - Bucks County Council. https://www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/kb5/buckinghamshire/fsd/advice.page?id=_kFlynHTn6E
Aster Lodge In Bucks is a local Aylesbury-based supported living option for young adults with SEND, aged 18-25. They have their own rooms, learn life and independent living skills but with support workers helping them manage daily living tasks at a level for their needs. It caters for different need levels. https://www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/kb5/buckinghamshire/fsd/advice.page?id=Y7xstJvD2Vo https://youtu.be/B0bFi5YZMHc
Bucks County Council Social Care options and the transition from child to adult services and applying for direct payments/personal budgets to manage care. https://www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/kb5/buckinghamshire/fsd/advice.page?id=AfIaogMxI3Y
Shared Lives Scheme, Bucks, offering housing with a family for someone with a learning disability. https://ategi.org.uk/contact-ategi.html?branch=buckinghamshire
HOLD is a government-shared ownership scheme to get people owning their own homes and paying also a small amount of rent for part of their home if they have a long term disability. It is therefore part rent and part buy. https://www.ownyourhome.gov.uk/scheme/hold
Gas Charity interactive House for identifying hazards and risks http://www.gassafecharity.org.uk/our-programmes/get-gas-safe-for-schools/resources/curriculum-linked-lesson/interactive-house/
Gas Charity videos on gas safety http://www.gassafecharity.org.uk/our-programmes/get-gas-safe-for-schools/resources/curriculum-linked-lesson/videos/
Mencap explain different Supported Living accommodation options for adults with learning disabilities and the importance of being in control and having choices and making their own decisions and to be more independent but still have the correct level of support.
Kirklees Council follows the stories in this video of four individuals as they move from residential care to independent living.
Independent living video clip from ICAN showing how people with learning disabilities can and live independently (with various levels of support).
Attitude Live short video of people with disabilities living various independent lives.
This video looks a the Shared Lives scheme across the UK where an adult with, for example, learning disabilities goes to live with a family in their home.
NHS Supported Living video about Elanor who has autism and epilepsy and lives in Supported Living Accommodation.
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