Council committed to offering more choice of supported living options locally
At its meeting on 14 October, county council’s cabinet will be asked to approve a new ‘Housing with care’ strategy to provide more options for supported living across the county, helping people live independently for longer within their local community.
Working with its district council and health partners, the county council aims to provide more supported housing which is closer to where people wish to live and which will allow them to enjoy a better quality of life.
Supported living with flexible on-site care provides a safe, supportive environment for individuals with a range of needs which prevent them from living totally independently.
The strategy has been developed in collaboration with district councils with guidance from a panel of residents and seeks to make sure future developments will meet the needs and aspirations of local people. It will:
- Ensure a good standard of housing, complimented by high quality care
- Improve services for people with a range of support needs, including complex needs and lifelong conditions
- Increase availability across the county so that each district has housing which meets the needs of its older local people
- Increase the choice of supported living for younger adults with disabilities and mental health conditions
- Maximise the opportunities new technology offers to support people to remain in their own home
- Provide a viable, attractive and cost-effective alternative to residential care, which benefits the wider housing market through regeneration and by releasing family homes
- Deliver cost savings to the housing, health and care system, while providing wider community facilities to connect and benefit local people
Cllr Carole Allaway Martin, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning at Gloucestershire County Council said: “We want people to be happy and enjoy the best possible quality of life, and we know that for many people being able to live independently near to friends and family is a key part of that.
“That’s why we have developed this new strategy to do all we can to give vulnerable people and their families more local choice, greater security and independence, helping them to stay within their local community and enjoy the wider benefits this offers for health and wellbeing.”