We keep in mind certain considerations when designing supported living accommodation. These include robustness, support tools, managing triggers and, above all else, the safety of all the service users and staff. Understanding the potential service users and their varying individual needs is incredibly important to us and this is reflected in the way that we design a property. We endeavour to create accommodation that properly caters to challenging behaviours, access requirements and sensory needs. We feel that property design must also reflect adaptations which will stimulate development through socialisation, autonomy and the increased self-esteem that these encourage.
The provision of an environment in which individuals’ special interests and strengths can be utilised will boost ambition, morale and determination.
We aim to create a homely atmosphere, and we feel that this is pivotal to the personal growth and development of adults with autism, as it enables them to live independently with as little restriction as possible.
Providing this autonomy encourages an atmosphere of calm, which is conducive to further growth and development for the residents.
Using features that can be deactivated or removed makes it easier to disable stimulation, as overstimulation into focused interests can inhibit progress.
Providing residents with empowerment can be achieved by offering choice in whom they live with and how they live. Supporting and enabling independence in daily life will help to increase the residents’ self-esteem
It is important to enable residents to engage in various activities of their choice by providing a range of different spaces. Allowing residents to personalise their own home environment to the level of privacy and socialisation they desire can actually help to increase social interaction
Freedom of access to any part of the home, particularly any outdoor spaces, provides residents with a sense of ownership. An accessible local neighbourhood is important for providing residents with activities outside of the home, which can help to give them a more purposeful life
Varying housing options with different levels of support, all at affordable rates, facilitate residents progressing to the least restriction possible. This covers the whole spectrum from requiring significant support to living with minimal assistance
Self-development can be further supported by providing residents with adaptable environments that can be adjusted as their interests and needs change