The National Institute for Health Research has funded Lancaster University, National Development Team for Inclusion, London School of Economics and Changing Our Lives to do this research.
Nearly £3 billion a year is spent by councils on supported living and residential care for adults with learning disabilities. The number of people needing such support is growing and many adults with learning disabilities living with their families would prefer to live independently. 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.
Professor Chris Hatton of Public Health and Disability at Lancaster University’s Centre for Disability Research will lead this research which aims to examine the quality and costs of supported living and residential care for 200 adults with learning disabilities aged 18-64 years (#200lives). We will collect information about the costs of housing support services, how housing support services operate, the health, wellbeing and lifestyles of adults with learning disabilities, and the views of family members.
We hope to use this information to get 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, groups of people with learning disabilities, family groups, and the Care Quality Commission.
We are looking for organisations providing supported living and/or residential care for adults with learning disabilities in England, and people they are supporting, to take part in this project. If your organisation is interested in taking part you can find out more information about what this would involve here.
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