Health & Safety

Legal / Social Services

Social & Personal Development

Caregivers Needs



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Suitable housing is a basic need for everyone. For disabled people housing needs to be accessible to them, and it needs to accommodate their needs. For example, this could include areas such as level access and wider doors, or a walk in shower as opposed to a bath. It is also important that housing is available where we want to live.

Why is this important?

Accessible housing in crucial in enabling disabled people to a) live in society, and b) be able to live an inclusive life as part of their local community. It is also important to note that as people become older, they can often experience changes which limit their mobility, which causes their homes to become inaccessible to them. Additionally, anyone can become a disabled person at any point in their lives.

Appropriate housing can dramatically improve disabled people’s ability to live independently. Those whose homes meet their accessibility requirements reported improved health and wellbeing, and enhanced prospects for employment and study. Adaptations, at the right time, can be life changing for an individual, and for their family members or carers. Support for adaptations should have a prevention focus. 

In summary Independent Living  means that you have your own home and support is put in place to help you live independently.


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Your task is to understand what will help a person you are helping live indepently in their house. In your plan consider what modifications they may need both physically and by incorporating technology into their home. 

Your plan should be no longer than 2A4 sides covering everything that needs to be considered, physical changes, technological and legal aspects.


In the resources section there are website link, document and two videos to help you with drafting your plan. You are also encouraged to go through the modules Communication and Legal/Social Services which will provide you with valuable information in putting your report together. 



Having a home guarantees a place in the community and is part of how people are accepted as equal citizens.

Having done this module you will now understand the main principles of independent living are that people with disabilities own or rent their home and have control over the support they get, who they live with (if anyone) and how they live their lives. Supported living assumes that all people with learning disabilities, regardless of the level or type of disability, are able to make choices about how to live their lives even if the person does not make choices in conventional ways.

These are are a set of commonly accepted principles of Independent Living:

  • I choose who I live with
  • I choose where I live
  • I have my own home I choose how I am supported
  • I choose who supports me
  • I get good support
  • I choose my friends and relationships
  • I choose how to be healthy and safe I choose how to take part in my community
  • I have the same rights and responsibilities as other citizens
  • I get help to make changes in my life


Learning Outcomes

  • Reading this module participants will have a good understanding of appropriate housing for people with disabilities, the needs of housing and the barriers to independent living.

Knowledge acquired

  • After having followed the training material, the trainees should have required a good knowledge of adaptation housing, external environment, housing needs, spatial organisation regarding disabilities.

Skills acquired

  • The participants will develop skills to generate solutions regarding housing for people with disabilities regarding spatial organisation, accessibility, functionality

Competences acquired

  • The participants will be able to take in consideration the person and the carers in the decision-making system.



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