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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

MPS: Supported living


Man (who has a learning disability) laughing with his female supported living manager, sharing a smile over a mug of tea and breakfast. Definitions of supported living vary across the UK because it is an umbrella term applied to a wide range of different building-based care and support arrangements.

Devon County Council has defined supported living as

where a group of people living together in a building or cluster of buildings (including self-contained accommodation), have been assessed as all in need of an agreed level of shared hours of care and support that is being provided on an equal split to everyone.

Devon County Council buys 489 places (as of 1 September 2019) costing over £333,000 per week. There is minimal private purchasing in this market.

If the person has any eligible social care needs that cannot be met through the shared hours offer, one to one hours will be commissioned on top of the shared hours. These are commissioned separately via our ‘care through the front door’ contracts, either from the shared hours provider, or another provider.

Supported living is a health and care offer that sits in between the offers of care visits to someone’s home, which could be personal care or unregulated care and support, and registered care homes – as illustrated in the diagram below:

Guide to what is meant by supported living. A home care visit; one to one support. In a supported living environment; one to one support and some shared support. In a registered care home; shared support.

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Last updated: 09/10/2020

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