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Supported living

Supported living means your housing and support is built around you, rather than you fitting into a service. You are supported to live in your own home.

For more information about independent living, please see the Home of my own page.

You can choose to live alone, share with others, or live close to other people.

Have a look at the videos below for some others experiences of supported living as well as some information about Cookability to help you make some tasty meals.



This is where you live in your house or share with friends and you receive support to live there and to live your life. You can choose a provider who will support you. This support visits you in your home on a daily or weekly basis. You would live in ordinary housing and can be part of your local community. This is great for people who are more independent.

This is where you share a building with other people.  You will have your own bedroom or your own flat and there may be areas that you share with other people.  There will be support available, this could be up to 24 hours a day.  This is great for people who need more support than floating / outreach support or prefer the security of having on-site staff available if needed. 

This is where a building:

  • a. is designed or changed for people who need specialised services or support to live as independently as possible within the community,
  • b. offers a high level of support, up to 24 hours a day, equal to that provided in a care home,
  • c. is provided by a private registered provider under an agreement or arrangement with the council or health service.

You will have your own bedroom or your own flat and there may be areas that you share with other people. Support staff will be based onsite up to 24 hours per day. This is great for people who have complex needs and severe disabilities needing 24 hour care.

If you think supported living might be a good option for you, and you need support, speak to your social worker or contact Gateway to care on 01484 414933.

Your social worker will assess you and work out the best way to get the most appropriate housing and support that meet your needs.


  • You will have more choice and control over how you live your life, where you live, who you live with and how your care and support needs are met
  • Care and support can be provided on a more personalised basis
  • You have the reassurance that care staff are very close by to offer support and security
  • You will have more chance to be as independent as possible
  • Assistive technologies can also be used to help keep people safe and support with maximising independence
  • You will have greater rights to decide how long you want to stay there
  • You may be able to claim welfare benefits to help to pay for your housing and living costs
  • You will be financially better off in your own home than in a care home (in the majority of cases)
  • You can be part of your wider community
  • In some developments, communal facilities are available to enable people to take part in various social activities.


  • Housing and support are usually set up as two separate processes which can be hard to do.
  • You may sometimes feel lonely and vulnerable living on your own
  • There may be limited choice where to live.

The A home of my own factsheets explain the supported living housing options in Kirklees:

  • Renting a council house
  • Renting from a housing association
  • Renting from a private landlord
  • Extra care housing
  • Shared ownership
  • Family investment – buying your own home

With all the above options, your care and support needs will be met separately. You can choose how your care and support needs are met and who supports you.

Last updated: 11/08/2020

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