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Choosing a home - What to think about

Below are the main housing options that exist in Portsmouth. We understand that they are not perfect and we are always looking to develop more and better choices for people. Not all the options are available for everybody and will depend upon your needs and circumstances.

For each option we have listed some of the pros and cons but a lot will depend on you as a person, the level of support you may need and what you are looking for. We all have different things that are more of less important to us and we are all different.

In deciding what kind of housing and support suits you it might help to list the following in order of what is most important to you. Put a 1 against the most important thing, 2 for the next most important and so on.
Two young women sitting on a bed with a small brown dog.

  • Having a pet
  • Being near to shops/doctors/church
  • Having a garden
  • How much money I will have
  • Being in a ‘good’ area
  • Being near my family
  • Choosing who I live with
  • Being independent
  • Having my own space – not having to share
  • Being part of a group/sharing
  • Having good travel connections
  • Choosing who supports me

Please think about anything else that matters to you.


Housing - Some of your options

Living at home with family

Pros Cons
It’s what you’re used to and you love your family You may wish to build new personal relationships and this may be difficult within the family home
You may pay little or nothing to live there You may have more money if you move to a supported living home
You may have friends where you live It could be an opportunity to make new friends if you move
You are likely to feel more independent if you leave home.

Shared housing (supported living) with 24 hour support

This could be a 4 or 5 bed house. Everyone has their own room but are likely to share a bathroom, kitchen and living space. Staff are in the home all day and someone will either sleep in or be awake all night to support you. You will be supported to undertake tasks in the house such as cleaning, cooking and helping to maintain your garden and you will have some one to one support to plan and shop for your food, clothes etc.

You will receive Housing Benefit to cover your housing costs but you will need to pay towards gas, electric etc.

You will need to be assessed as needing someone to be available to help you throughout the day and night.

Pros Cons
Own room You may not get on with everyone else in the house
Living with other people with similar needs Need to share and keep communal areas clean/tidy
Learn new skills You will have responsibility for some tasks
More disposable income You will need to pay rent regularly
Opportunity to apply for general housing after a period of successful tenancy Need to consider neighbours and other tenants
Choice of area may be limited


Shared housing (supported living) with daytime support

A shared house with support coming in during the day at times to suit you to help with cooking, budgeting or whatever you need. There will be no staff in the home overnight but you will have a number to call if you need help. You will need to keep your room clean and undertake some tasks in the communal areas and the garden to look after your home. You will have a secure tenancy.

You will receive Housing Benefit to cover your housing costs but will need to pay towards gas, electric etc.

An assessment will be completed with you to work out how much time you need with someone to help you.

Pros Cons
More Independence Not having someone around all of the time
Opportunity to learn new skills May not get on with others in the house
Opportunity to apply for general housing after a period of success tenancy Choice of area may be limited


Shared Lives

Some people like to live as part of a family and Shared Lives can offer this. You would live with a family in their own home and have you own room and share the communal areas as if you were living with your own family. The people you live with will support you to learn new skills and become more independent.

Housing Benefit will cover the costs of your rent but you will need to pay towards bills such as gas, electric etc

You will need to have had an assessment completed by adult social care or adult mental health services.

For more information visit Shared Lives.

Pros Cons
Support available 24/7 May not feel very different from home
Opportunity to learn new skills May have other people living there who you may not get on with
You will have a Licence Agreement Carers can give 28 days notice
Being part of a family May not feel this gives enough independence
Sharing holidays Choice of area may be limited

Residential Care

This is a home registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). They are regularly inspected by CQC to make sure they are providing the right care. You will have your own room but may not have your own bathroom and will have to share with others. You will have shared communal areas, lounges etc. You are unlikely to be able to prepare your own food as this is likely to be done by a cook.

You will need to be assessed as needing someone to be available to help you throughout the day and night.

Pros Cons
24/7 support Less available income
Specialist service, e.g for physical needs Living with a lot of other people
Not having to prepare your own meals Limited choice of what you eat
Choice of home may be limited
More difficult to develop independence skills


Housing Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for supported living for my young person?

You will need to contact Adult Social Care and ask about having an assessment for your young person if they have not had one already.

If you already have a social worker speak to them directly and they will advise you on the next steps.

Adult Social Care Helpdesk on 023 9268 0810.

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