Houses for supported living with adults with learning disabilities and autism – why is it needed more desperately than ever, and why does it work for commissioners as well as tenants?
From seclusion to freedom
On 9th February 2021 the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee held the first session of its enquiry into the treatment of people with autism and learning disabilities. Witnesses were unanimous in declaring that
“in-patient settings were not the right place for the vast majority of people and spoke about examples of people who have gone from being restrained and secluded in hosptial to thriving within the community within days.”
Thriving in the community – that’s housing for supported living for adults
As providers of specialist best practice housing for supported living for adults in the South East, Zetetick knows these massive improvements are possible because we have seen the same results in some of our own tenants. Being in the wrong environment can cause issues such as sensory overload, and often people are caused unnecessary distress and damage by the use of inappropriate treatments such as restraints or a ‘chemical cosh’. Being in the right environment with the right kind of support can make all the difference to someone with autism or learning disabilities being able to flourish and contribute to their local communities, and enjoy living close to friends and family.
Yes but why Zetetick?
Zetetick Housing is a unique charity offering exempt specialised housing for supported living. We are passionate about releasing people from the expectations others have about learning difficulties, autism, challenging behaviour and associated disability. We offer support, freedom and opportunity. Allowing people with learning difficulties to have quality housing where care, family and home come first, every day.
The benefits for commissioners of working with Zetetick:
1. Zetetick’s specialised houses for supported living – till the cows come home
Zetetick aims to be ‘Life partners to those we support’ for their housing needs, and we are delighted that our very first tenant is still with us some 14 years later. We are experienced in providing specialised houses for supported living and follow a best practice model where the support element is provided by a different organisation, so if a tenant decides to change their support provider they don’t have to lose their home at the same time. For commissioners that means that you won’t have to keep finding housing for people over and over again, saving time and additional expenditure.
2. Zetetick can move quickly and is adaptable
Zetetick leases properties on the private rental market for houses for supported living for adults – from one-bedroom flats to large detached houses – so we can respond quickly to new referrals, whether the person is being discharged from an in-patient unit, moving out of the family home or just relocating. It also means that we can find a home that really suits the needs and preferences of each individual person. For example, some people prefer to live on their own in a very quiet atmosphere, some prefer to house share with others. That makes it much more likely that they will settle well and enjoy their home long term, again saving you time and money.
3. Zetetick won’t cash in on commissioners
Zetetick housing are not here to make a profit. As a successful, registered charity providing housing for supported living for adults, Zetetick’s objectives are all based around providing high quality, happy homes to as many beneficiaries as possible, and so we don’t need to inflate our charges in order to pay out large dividends to corporate shareholders. You can therefore be assured that while our specialised supported houses for supported living is classed as exempt accommodation, it will still be great value for money and include the intensive housing management from our in-house maintenance and housing team that enables people to sustain their tenancies.
Do you need to find a home that someone will love?
If you are a care commissioner, social worker, care provider or family member looking for houses for supported living as a high-quality home in South London, Sussex or the South East, sourced to the needs and preferences of someone with learning disabilities, learning difficulties or autism, get in touch to find out how we can offer high quality and best practice value for money in specialised supported living for adults with learning difficulties, autism, and challenging behaviour.Get in Touch
If you are a care commissioner, social worker, care provider or family member looking for a high-quality home in South London, Sussex or the South East, sourced to the needs and preferences of someone with learning disabilities, learning difficulties or autism, get in touch to find out more.