The Progress supported living service helps you to move into your own accommodation, giving you the chance to live independently.
But why choose supported living? Here are 7 ways you can benefit with support from Progress.
- Greater independence.
- Supported living gives you the chance to live as ordinary a life as possible. It could mean moving out of a residential home or taking those first steps to independence by moving out of your parents’ home. Whatever your circumstances we can support you on your journey to live as independently as possible.
- You can rent or even own your own property.
- The housing/accommodation is usually provided by either the council, a housing association or social landlord. We can help find a property that suits your needs or we can support in your existing property. Some people may choose to buy their own home or others may rent from a private landlord. There are schemes out there to support you with your housing costs, such as exempt housing benefit. You can also live on your own or in a shared housing arrangement with your friends or other likeminded people.
- Furniture and goods belong to you.
- It is your home and you can furnish and decorate it the way you want. We can help you to go shopping and furnish your home with you. In some instances, there may be support from your local authority leaving care team. Don’t be daunted, we will support you in making the best decisions for you. Remember you may be able to get financial help with your purchases if you have difficulty.
- Support tailored around your needs.
- We can provide 24/7 support or if you require help with certain tasks such as personal care needs or medication. If you want to learn how to manage your money, cook and clean or even learning new independence skills, we are there for you.
- Trained staff selected by you.
- We already have a pool of staff with a wide range of skills that may already be trained to meet your needs. You will get the chance to select staff that you feel will meet your needs the most or alternatively, we can recruit staff for you.
- Staff are regulated for your safety.
- All of our staff have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure they are safe to support and care for you. Our service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure we have robust procedures in place to keep you safe from harm.
- Support with benefits
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long-term ill-health or disability. You could get between £22.65 and £145.35 a week if you’re aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age. You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, if you are a home owner, for example to: widen doors and install ramps, improve access to rooms and facilities – eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom, provide a heating system suitable for your needs, adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use. A Disabled Facilities Grant won’t affect any benefits you get.