Living independently means having choice and control over all aspects of your life. This might involve:
  • choosing where you live
  • enjoying time with family and friends
  • taking part in leisure activities
  • studying, training and working. 
Living independently does not mean living alone without support. It means having the support which enables you to do these sorts of things – when and how you want to. 
  • Support with washing, bathing and getting dressed or undressed
  • Help with eating or cooking meals
  • Support to move around your home safely
  • Daily living aids, such as equipment or assistive technology
  • Support to keep in touch with family and friends
  • Support to do the things that interest you, sport or social activities, to get out and about.
  • Support to enable you to work, study, volunteer. This is different from support such as Access to Work.
  • Support to enable you to use local facilities and be a part of your community
  • Communication support (for example, a sign language interpreter)
  • Support in the wider world (for example, someone with a learning difficulty might need a support worker to enable them to navigate a new area or a new routine).
  • Support to care for someone else
  • Support to enable you to care for a child 

Independent living - further resources

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