Independent living for complex needs

Our team sourced, re-designed and renovated a bespoke single tenancy bungalow to accommodate an individuals complex needs including behaviour that may be described as challenging. The individual was deemed by Local Authority commissioners to be living in inappropriate accommodation. They needed and wanted a home that afforded much greater independence and participation in the community, but had been hindered in accessing this by both a physical impairment and exhibiting on occasions ‘challenges’.  The care package that was originally established was centred on a ‘nursing’ model.  There existed the requirement to take this forward into an innovative supported living undertaking.

Following consultation the items below were seen as vital plan components:

  • Architectural planning to afford the necessary turning circles, space, accessibility and social requirements, including an open-plan living and dining area
  • Removal of walls and rearranging the dwelling’s rooms
  • Addition of a sleep over room
  • Full ramp access
  • Bespoke shower room of dimensions large enough to accommodate a bed of ‘hospital’ proportions
  • Ceiling mounted hoist tracking
  • Accessible low level kitchen work surfaces
  • Innovative patio doors which utilise low level threshers to gain easy access to the garden
  • Flooring which allows ease of movement, yet still provides a ‘homely’ feel via the use of polysafe laminate beech effect cushioned floor
  • Individualised fire system, using a fully interlinked smoke alarm, effecting door closures in the event of a fire; snatch times and mechanisms were also drafted into the plan
  • Full redecoration
  • Opportunity to accommodate tenant desires
  • Future proofing of the home to add any anticipated tenant changes in living style
  • Assistive technology front door alerting system
  • Consideration of means and hours of support, as modification of the location or layout could ensure a cost effective streamlining of hours without compromising safety

This refurbishment was indeed extensive.  However, it offered a huge expenditure saving compared to the original nursing provision. It also meant the Tenant had his own home, a bespoke environment tailored to his needs and the independence he wanted.

It is the belief of TP Supported Accommodation that, irrespective of disability, every person has the right to have a home of their own.  Where we differ is our ability to consider, modify and actually deliver these bespoke solutions.

To find out more please contact Richie Healy, Business Development Manager on 07841462246 or email

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