Living independently

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Young man with Down's syndrome using a tablet computerThis page contains information and advice for people thinking about living independently.

Having your own home means having independence:

  • Your own front door key
  • Doing what you want to do
  • Choosing who you see and how you live

If you get your own home, you may also need to get help with things like:

  • Cooking, cleaning, paying the bills
  • Learning to do things for yourself
  • Making friends
  • Getting a job
  • Finding new things to do

Independence does not always mean being on your own:

  • You can live in your own home on your own
  • You can live in your own home with a carer
  • You can live in your own home with family and friends

Important things about where you want to live:

This is a list of some of the things you might want to think about, but there may be others.

  • Do you want somewhere permanent and secure?
  • Do you just want to try out living away from home?
  • Do you need a home with special adaptations?
  • Do you need to live on the ground floor?
  • Do you like somewhere lively?
  • Do you like somewhere quiet?
  • Within easy reach of shops or town centre?
  • Near a bus route or train station?
  • Near work, college or day service?
  • Do you want to live near family or friends?
  • Do you need an extra bedroom for a carer or visitors to stay overnight?
  • Do you need a garden?
  • Do you need lots of space?
  • Do you like your own space?
  • Do you like lots of people around you?

Who do you want to live with?

  • Do you want to live alone?
  • Do you want to live with a carer?
  • Do you want live with a friend/s or partner?
  • Do you want to live with other people who have a learning disability?
  • Do you want to live with a family?

Important things about your support:

  • Do you want to learn new skills?
  • Do you want people to support you who are skilled in a particular type of support?
  • What type of skills?
  • Do you want informal support – more like a friend?
  • Do you want to be supported by somebody of your own culture or religion?
  • Do you want to be supported by somebody of your own sex?
  • Do you want to be supported by somebody of your own age group?
  • Do you need somebody to help you speak up?
  • Do you want a carer to live-in with you?
  • Do you want a carer to visit you in your home?
  • Do you need support to find new interests and make new friends?
  • Do you need support to get a job?

Moving home checklist

We have produced a useful checklist which you may want to use when moving home.

Further information – SEND or Adult Care Service

For further information or for help contact: SEND on 01225 757985 or Adult Care on 0300 456 0111