For Professionals : Supported Living

What is supported living?


Supported living is living in your own home, with support. More and more adults with Down’s syndrome are choosing to move out and live in their own home. Take a look at our video series, following the daily lives of five adults who live in their own homes.

It is important to remember that not everyone chooses to live in supported living. It’s up to people with Down’s syndrome and their families/carers to consider their options and make a decision that’s best for them.

Preparing for supported living


We have created some downloadable factsheets to help people with Down’s syndrome and their families/carers to think about supported living. To get started, there is a quick FAQs sheet. We also have a more detailed guide to help think about options and prepare for moving out:

Making supported living work for people with Down’s syndrome – information for support staff


Making Supported Living Work cover-wbThis resource contains some basic information about Down’s syndrome, details of some of the difficulties people may face and tips about how support staff can help a person to overcome these difficulties.

If you would like to discuss any of the points made in this guide or you have questions about someone you are working with, please call our helpline on 0333 1212 300.

Download a copy of the booklet here.

Benefits in supported living


People with Down’s syndrome may be entitled to certain benefits and financial help in supported living. Our Benefits section has information on benefits in supported living.

What to do if things don’t go as planned


Sometimes things don’t always go as planned with supported living. The DSA has some FAQs – Handling problems to help families and carers solve any problems along the way.

Making decisions/mental capacity


Moving into your own home means making decisions. People with Down’s syndrome may need support to make these decisions. Read our Mental Capacity factsheet for more information about making choices and supported decision-making. You may also like to look at our Making Choices page.

Housing and Support Alliance has information on tenancies and mental capacity.

More information


Housing and Support Alliance has some resources on supported living and housing options for people with learning disabilities.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has a Thinking Ahead guide tohousing and support.

You can also call the DSA helpline for more information on 0333 1212 300.

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