An exploratory research project to compare the costs and outcomes of supported living and residential care for people with learning disabilities.
Nearly £3 billion a year is spent by councils on supported living and residential care for adults with learning disabilities. For adults with learning disabilities who need support and a place to live, the two most common forms of support are either residential care or housing with support (sometimes called ‘supported living’). Despite the large amounts of public money being spent, we know very little about how good supported living/residential care services are, and how much they really cost.
There is a need for good, up-to-date evidence on the quality and costs of supported living and residential care services to people who can make good use of it, including the government, people who commission social care services, organisations who provide housing support for adults with learning disabilities, self-advocacy groups and family groups, and the Care Quality Commission.
By working with a sample of commissioners and providers of residential care and supported living services, we will compare outcomes and costs in order to try and answer the following key questions:
This crowdfunded research aims to start to provide evidence to support more informed decision-making by commissioners about the provision of housing and support for adults with learning disabilities.
The organisations that have contributed funding to this work are:
For more information contact Anna Marriott.
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