Nottinghamshire: Extra support for residents with learning disabilities or mental illnesses

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Around 120 Nottinghamshire residents with a learning disability, mental illness or Asperger’s Syndrome are to move out of residential care and into support living homes as part of a three-year plan by the county council.

Supported living homes tend to be self-contained apartments or bungalows with on-site care and support which allow residents to have greater independence than traditional residential care.

The county council has already supported around 600 residents to move into supported living schemes at a cost of £20m a year and it is now working alongside housing providers across the county to develop a range of new schemes based on clusters of flats.

This could provide up to 75 additional tenancies within the next 18 months.

Councillor Muriel Weisz, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said that supported living offers people greater independence in a home setting with the help and support of carers.

She added: “While it’s not always an option for everyone, most people respond well to supported living as they are in the community, which reduces social isolation.

“The use of new technology is making our limited funds go further and helping residents to increase their independence.”