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Supported Accommodation Service

What is it?

The supported accommodation service provides support for people with learning disabilities who live in their own tenancies. The service is for adults aged 18 to 65 and is registered with Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland.

Who is it for?

The supported accommodation service can be accessed by individuals who have a variety of complex needs which include learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment, mental health problems and challenging behaviour.

Aims of the Service

To support individuals to live in the community, promoting inclusion, independence.  Support offered is flexible, sensitive and respectful of each person’s right to make informed choices using a person centred approach based on the National Care Standards and the principles of “The Same as You?” report.

How do People Access the Service?

If you feel you or the person you care for would benefit from the Disability Resources Supported Accommodation Service, you should contact your care manager if you have one, or the Adult Social Work Team Duty Social Worker through the main council switchboard Tel; 873535. Your referral will be forwarded to the Learning Disabilities Social Work Team duty desk. If your referral meets the Orkney Islands Council eligibility criteria, a social worker will carry out an assessment of need. If your assessed need meets the criteria for the service, the worker will make a service request to the Supported Accommodation service. A housing application will also require to be completed.

What Happens When a Place is Offered?

If you are offered a supported accommodation placement, you will have a tenancy agreement with the housing provider and you may have the opportunity to share a house with others. You will be allocated a named member of staff from the supported accommodation service, called a “keyworker” who will design a care plan with you. Your care plan will contain information about your likes, dislikes, support and care needs. There is a formal review to make sure the service is meeting your required needs after 6 weeks and then every 6 months.

What Happens in the Supported Accommodation Service?

Staff support each individual who uses the service to access their normal community based activities once they move in to their new home. This may include attending the day centre, going out with friends/carers or attending social events.

How Much Will it Cost?

The cost of the property is variable dependent on its size and rent charged by the housing provider. The care charges are separate and are based on a financial assessment carried out by Orkney Islands Council Community Social Services.

Where is it?

Various locations in Kirkwall.

This information can be downloaded as a leaflet from the Related Downloads section to the left of the page.