Autism Residential Services and Autism Supported Living Services

Find autism residential and supported living services.

Why use Living Autism?

The Living Autism team will –

  • Listen to your requirements
  • Offer you a free and independent service
  • Support you in finding the best choice of bespoke autism services focused on specified needs
  • Validate autism services within the Living Autism network
  • Support you through local authority processes


Some of the service providers within our network also support people with conditions compatible with autism-type support, such as brain injury, learning disabilities with complex needs and some mental health conditions.

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    If you are looking for autism residential or supported living services please read the information below on the different types of accommodation and support available.

    The Right Accommodation

    Each individual with autism will be affected by the condition in different ways. The level of support needed by an individual with autism will vary according to their condition.

    If you are currently living at home and want to remain there it may be possible to access more support to help you do so, find out more about in home help and carer allowances for your family.

    Residential Care

    A residential care setting provides a complete and whole service including accommodation, activities and care support. A local authority makes a contract with a Service Provider specifying what is provided. The home is usually up and running and can be viewed in advance. The home is inspected regularly by the Care Quality Commission against a range of standards.

    In this setting individuals might not be able to have a say in who else lives in that setting and they are also unlikely to have a say in the future or direction of the service. If a placement breaks down, the service provider has the right to end the placement. An individual would be required to contribute most of their benefits to the local authority who pay for the service placement.

    Temporary or ‘Respite’ Care

    Respite care is short-term care which is intended to provide a family or a carer with a break from daily routines and stresses. It is geared to the specific needs of the individual and their carer/s. It can be provided in the individual’s own home or in a variety of external settings. The breaks do not usually last for longer than three months of continuous care. For financial help towards respite care, an individual would need a community care assessment to assess their needs.

    There are different types of respite including residential respite care, emergency respite care, domiciliary care and day centre care. All of these types of care allow the carer to have a short break whilst knowing that the individual’s needs are being met.

    Home Care (Domiciliary Care)

    When care is provided in your own home by one or more care workers or nurses it is called home care or domiciliary care. The carers provide assistance to enable continuation of daily living, helping to maintain personal independence, comfort and contact with friends and family in the local community. The care provided is very flexible and could just be for a few hours or could be 24-hour care and can be on a temporary, intermittent or long term basis. Carers will provide help with preparing meals, bathing and dressing. Care can be arranged through local authorities who will be able to send care workers to care for people in their own homes either directly, or through agencies. You can also arrange home care yourself through nursing agencies or through associations for homecare providers, eg the UKHCA.

    Supported Living

    Supported living is for people who are no longer going to be living with their family, but who need regular and substantial support. In the supported living model, the most important thing is that each individual has their own tenancy. They rent their accommodation, usually from a Housing Association. As a tenant they have more rights than in a residential care setting and cannot be made to leave their home. Individuals are supported in making choices about their day-to-day living. The emphasis is on support, whereas often in residential care, the emphasis is on direct care. Individuals can be supported in their personal care, as well as with accessing community facilities and with their budgets. A Care Provider organisation provides the support needed. The individual can choose who provides their care. Some people with profound and complex disabilities and conditions are successfully supported in Supported Living settings. Individuals can claim Local Housing Allowance for rent and various benefits to cover the cost of their care such as Disability Living Allowance.