National Development Team for Inclusion’s (NDTi) Feeling Settled Toolkit has been produced in association with Golden Lane Housing (GLH) and Choice Support to give guidance on changing residential care services to supported living for people with a learning disability.
NDTi’s Feeling Settled Toolkit builds on their Feeling Settled Report by providing examples of good practice and useful resources at each step of the person centred Individual Pathway included in the original report.
Rob Greig, chief executive of NDTi, said, “Helping disabled and older people gain greater housing rights and security of tenure is something that people say they want, and that policy encourages. However, some people want to achieve those things without having to move from their current housing or change the staff who support them. The Feeling Settled Toolkit helps both commissioners and providers to do this. It emphasise how this is more than just a legal or bureaucratic change, but is fundamentally about using person centred approaches to listen to the person and ensure they end up with choice and control over the housing and support they want and need.”
John Verge, GLH’s regional business manager (South) said, “We know that many people live in accommodation where the model of care and support has become outdated but the accommodation itself is suitable for continued independence in their communities. The Feeling Settled Project Toolkit offers a person centred approach to support and guide providers and commissioners to move to a supported living model using existing housing provision. From our experience at Golden Lane Housing we know how crucial it is to ensure that the right legal frameworks and arrangements are put in place to support these changes and we are pleased to be able to support the development of this toolkit.”
Sarah Maguire, director of quality, Choice Support commented, “The stories published in the Feeling Settled Project provide further evidence that people’s lives improve following deregistration and a move to supported living. We have to acknowledge that older models of support sometimes hold people back, but if we have the courage to change how we do things we can see real positive change in people’s lives. Not only that, these new models of service are not more expensive, and often cheaper than the ones they replace – that’s welcome news in these difficult times. Choice Support is proud to be involved with this publication, and we hope the tools in it will make a further contribution to improving services.”
GLH helps support providers with journey to supported living
For many years Golden Lane Housing has been helping support providers to go through the journey from a registered care home to supported living. Among those to benefit from supported living are twelve people supported by Mencap.
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