Living independently means having the right support that enables you to do things
when and how you want. It empowers greater choice and control in directing your
The transition to adult services will bring major changes in both yours and your parents/carers’ life. If you are reaching adulthood and will not be staying at home with your parents, you may choose to live alone, in a supported environment or in a group setting – these are all examples of independent living and the one that is right for you will depend on your circumstances and abilities.
The journey to independent living will be different for everyone and the goals you set to achieve it may look different to other people’s definition. All are valid, as long as you have the confidence and skills to enjoy life at your own pace.
Future Impact can help you to develop your skills and help you progress toward living independently. You can read more about this scheme here.
There are Disabled People Organisations (DPO’s) / Centres for Independent Living (CIL’s) across the UK who can support you and advise you of your rights. Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Occupational Therapy service can help you to find the solutions you need to achieve independence. This includes an at-home visit to assess your needs and see what kind of support will be appropriate for you - from preparing a meal to managing personal hygiene – the team can also work with your parents are carers to give advice on best ways to continue your development.
The assessment and any minor adaptations are free of charge. Any equipment provided will be on a long-term loan, also free of charge. You may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant towards the cost of any major adaptations; this is a means tested grant and will be explained during a visit.
Nottingham City Occupational Therapy Service
0115 915 1016
Nottingham County Occupational Therapy
0300 500 80 80.
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