This page contains information and advice for people thinking about living independently.
- Help at home
- Not being alone
- Where you want to live
- Who do you want to live with?
- Important things about your support
- Moving home checklist
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