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The 5 Principles of Supported Living

The 5 Principles of supported living

Supported living explained

Supported living enables people with learning disabilities to live in their own homes, with flexible, individualised support – wherever that might be. Following the principles of supported living gives people more choice, control, rights and independence, and this should be the primary motivation for this housing model. Zetetick Housing has helped many individuals, enabling choice, including those with the most complex needs, to be successfully supported in their own homes using detailed ‘person centred planning’, that is, placing the person’s own preferences, values and needs at the forefront. The level of support offered by the supported living model can therefore be very different for each individual – ranging from a couple of hours support a week to full-time, live in support.

Good practice in supported living

The separation of housing and support is key in the principles of supported living. In particular, the separation between quality housing and support makes it possible to change one without having to change the other – a key and fundamental position of good practice for Commissioners of Supported Living services. This in turn could make it much easier for tenants to:

• change services that are not working as they should or

• to simply give tenants the option of choice in determining for themselves how and who will support their housing or care services in future without necessarily having to change both

The National Development Team established a programme to promote the basic principles of supported living, providing for the first time a much more coherent framework for developing these ideas. Kinsella set out five basic principles of supported living services. These included:


  1. separating out housing and support– instead of having to take on packages of residential care, more flexible combinations of housing and support can be developed.

  2. focusing on one person at a time– by moving away from the model of the group home, and using detailed ‘personal futures’ planning to provide services that are genuinely individualised.
  3. zero rejection– nobody should be seen as ‘too disabled’ to live in their own home.
  4. providing people with much more control over their homes and their lives– people’s homes are centred on their own concerns, not those of the organisations providing services.
  5. a focus on relationships– people’s links (their family, their friends, their community) are the starting point in designing services, not an afterthought. Through the use of ‘support tenants’ (who share the home with the disabled person and can provide or seek assistance as necessary) and circles of support, people’s relationships are kept right at the forefront.


Basic principles of supported living

Sarah Jones MP opening Zetetick’s Henderson House


The unique charity model offered by Zetetick Housing follows the basic principles of supported living allowing us to be completely flexible in finding the right home to suit our individual tenants.

Our housing team enjoys very good relationships with estate agents and landlords as they know that in our all-inclusive/risk included model, their rents will be paid on time and properties will be well maintained. Our reputation therefore gives us access to many high-quality homes.

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Owners should realise they're onto a good thing having Zetetick as a tenant - they will repair things and the rent is guaranteed"

Zetetick’s unique all-inclusive/risk included model is made possible by being an innovative charity and by the funding and support we receive from local authorities, which enables us to provide this unique service for our tenants. Have a property in London or the South East, then…

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Zetetick Housing is a registered charity providing supported living housing, using the principles of supported living, leasing from the private sector in a fast, flexible, no-fuss model.

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