Housing and innovation

Our long-term vision to transform social care aims to ensure that everyone in England is able to access the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

The place people live in, the technology they use, and the care they receive are all important to help people to live the life they choose.

Our reforms will ensure the care and support people receive is personalised, helps maintain and build their independence, and allows them to have more choice and control over the things that matter, enabling them to live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.

We want to ensure that everyone in England can access the right care, in the right place, at the right time

Improving housing

Making sure that people receive the right care and support all begins with where they live, and the people they live with. 

We want to ensure everyone who draws on care and support has a choice of housing options that work for them, which help them to live well in their own home or in their community.

Our ambition is to give more people the choice to live independently in their own homes for longer. We also want to increase the supply of supported housing for people whose care and support needs mean they need a home that is specifically designed to support independent, healthy living.

Man sitting on sofa in his supported housing

What’s changing

To achieve this ambition, over the next three years we will:

  • Support local authorities to provide more supported housing for those who need it to help them live as independently as possible, with at least £300m of new investment.
  • Increase the supply of specialised housing for older people and people with a physical disability, learning disability, autism or mental ill-health with £210m investment in the Care and Support Specialised Housing (CASSH) Fund.
  • Launch a new practical support service to make minor repairs and changes to people’s homes to help people remain independent and safe at home.

Innovation and technology

A care home worker is assisting a care home resident with a word search game

When technology is embedded seamlessly into care and support services, it can be transformative, helping people to live happy, fulfilled lives in their homes and communities.

We want to make the most of technology to support people to live independently and ensure care professionals have the right digitised information at their fingertips to provide safe, outstanding quality care.

We also want to develop new and innovative ways of providing care and support to people at scale, increasing the choice of care available to individuals.

Watch the video below to see how technology has transformed Paul’s life and given him greater independence and connection with friends and family.

 

 

What’s changing

To achieve this vision over the next three years, we will:

  • Accelerate the digitisation of social care with a £150m fund. This will improve broadband connectivity, cyber security and the digital skills of the social care workforce to help drive uptake of digital social care records and other technologies that improve the quality, safety and personalisation of care.
  • Support local authorities to launch innovative new ways of delivering care in the community, improving the choice of care available to individuals through a new £30m Innovative Models of Care Programme.

How innovative care makes a difference

Stephen’s story

Stephen, who has mental health needs, has experienced a big improvement in his quality of life since moving into supported housing.

After 40 years living in and out of hospital, Stephen now lives with a friend in modern and homely supported housing, where he also enjoys community activities. Overall, the move has meant that Stephen has a far better quality of life.

“I definitely prefer this as my home,” Stephen explains. “Everything is close by and I’ve settled in. I get on with the neighbours and have started making new friends.”

Since moving, Stephen has a more positive outlook, helped by a new sense of choice and independence.

Stephen says, “I have choice now – with meals, what I buy, what I do and when. At the hospital everyone was in bed by 11pm. Now, if I can’t sleep and want to chat to someone, I can.”

Stephen playing pool

Mollie’s story

Twenty-year-old Mollie moved in with her carer Mae through a Shared Lives scheme. Together, they share family and community life and Mollie receives personal care and support in a place that feels like home.

Mollie explains, “I’d been in crisis throughout my life and then I reached breaking point. I couldn’t manage basic life skills.”

When Mollie’s social worker offered her the Shared Lives scheme, she chose to move in with Mae, an approved carer. Mollie lives in an annexe so has a place of her own, but with the full support of Mae and her family.

Since moving in, Mollie has grown in confidence. “I am more positive and talkative,” she says. “I have a job working in a supermarket. I have friends my own age. I’m learning to drive. I am learning to cook, I do my own washing and I’m learning how to run a house, pay bills and clean my space.”

Mollie’s new environment has helped her overcome many of the challenges she previously faced. “My mental health has improved, I feel proud of myself and I make my own choices,” she says. She hopes other young adults with autism would have a similar opportunity.

Mollie outside with a friend

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