Notts residents with learning disabilities moved into supported living homes as part of council plan

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Around 120 Nottinghamshire residents with a learning disability, mental illness and Asperger’s Syndrome are to move out of residential care and into support living homes as part of a three-year county council plan.

Supported living homes tend to be self-contained apartments or bungalows with on-site care and support and allow residents to have greater independence than traditional residential care.

The council has already supported around 600 residents to move into supported living schemes across Nottinghamshire at a cost of £20m a year.

This includes 24 people with learning disabilities who were living in a hospital setting and were required to be moved into new accommodation with support as part of the Government’s Winterbourne View review, with a further 10 people expected to move by next April.

The council is working alongside housing providers across the county to develop.

A range of new schemes based on clusters of flats. This could provide up to 75 additional tenancies within the next 18 months.

People in supported living homes can access their full welfare benefits, gain tenancy rights and lead a more fulfilled life.

Most new schemes are self-contained apartments or bungalows in a cluster, allowing tenants to have independence whilst having the option to mix with other tenants and having the on-site support

Coun Muriel Weisz, chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s adult social care and health committee, said: “Supported living offers people with care needs greater independence in a home setting with the help and support of carers.

“Whilst it’s not always an option for everyone, we find that most people respond well to supported living as they are in the community, which reduces social isolation and helps them to integrate with local residents.

“The use of new technology and in some cases the shared use of supported housing is making our limited funds go further and helping residents to increase their independence where possible.”