Thinking About Where to Live? New DSA Supported Living Series

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Ruth and Ketakee in their homes
As your son or daughter gets older, you may start thinking about where they will live. There are several options. One of them is 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. However, it’s up to you to consider your options and make a decision that’s best for you.
Where to start
Supported living can at first seem quite daunting and confusing – but it doesn’t have to be. The DSA has created some factsheets to help you and the person you care for consider your options and prepare for moving out.
Thinking about your options
If you are just beginning to think about where your son or daughter would like to live, download our FAQs – Thinking about supported living. This factsheet covers the basic questions on what supported living is like, what it involves and what you need to do next.
The DSA has also created a more detailed factsheet to help you through the planning process. This covers issues such as how to plan for supported living, how to help your son or daughter make choices, what types of support are available and how to pay for it: Preparing for 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 you solve any problems along the way.
You can see all our available factsheets on our supported living page.

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Alex in his kitchen
Watch this space!
The DSA is putting together some additional factsheets on supported living, including topics such as mental capacity and advice for professionals. So watch this space!
More information
Housing and Support Alliance has some resources on supported living and housing options for people with learning disabilities. www.housingandsupport.org.uk.
For more information and support, you can call the DSA helpline on 0333 1212 300, Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm or email us at info@downs-syndrome.org.uk.