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What are the benefits of supported living for adults living with autism?

Adults with autism and other developmental disorders can often suffer from further medical issues such as fits or seizures. More common difficulties for adults with autism may include social anxiety and the struggle to communicate effectively. This can sometimes cause unpredictable emotional and behavioural outbursts which can be challenging to control and overcome.

Here at The Fremantle Trust, we understand the effects of autism in adults can vary tremendously, meaning your requirements could range from very little support needed to some patients benefiting from 24-hour care and other bespoke options. We will take a closer look at some of the benefits of supported living for adults with autism, and why it may be a viable and flexible option.

Round-the-clock support from trained professionals 

In a supported living environment and depending on a person’s requirements, trained professionals can offer 24-hour support with specific tasks, including medication management, cleaning, and any other personal care tasks that would contribute to residents’ happiness and comfort. Trustworthy, fully-trained and experienced staff are essential, which is why supported living services are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Supported living teams are continuously upskilled and have the necessary procedures in place to ensure your loved one has access to the best possible care at all times.

Helps to build independence 

Supported living for adults with autism puts a real emphasis on maintaining independence. Whether the autistic adult chooses to receive help within their own home or decides to take the leap to obtain their own tenancy, supported living is a flexible model tailored to the individual’s needs. 

Autistic adults have the freedom to buy furniture and decorate their new home to suit their needs, ensuring a comfortable and happy living experience. They are empowered to make their own decisions throughout their day-to-day life and are free to access local amenities, with full control of their own budgets. Of course, your living care support team can always offer hands-on support with a wider range of day-to-day activities if they are requested.

Offers support for finding employment 

Our experienced supported living autism team offers a range of employment guidance for adults with autism. Supported living teams are able to collaborate and work alongside the individual’s family members as well as liaise with employers and local authorities. By offering proactive help throughout the entire application and interview process, the supported living team works to obtain appropriate employment for the individual. 

Employment options will be carefully selected to align with the individual’s characteristics and interests. When helping to obtain employment for an autistic adult, it’s important to prioritise a supportive and caring environment. An inclusive culture combined with interesting day-to-day tasks and a good level of social interaction creates a fulfilling long-term career.

Supported living is a fantastic solution that offers the right level of assistance, to ensure the individual leads a normal, independent life that is fulfilling, nonrestrictive, and within a safe environment.

How we can help with finding employment

  • By understanding your goals and aspirations
  • Helping you choose a suitable role
  • Assisting in applying for roles
  • Supplying Interview preparation techniques
  • Finding and securing work experience placements
  • Improving your social and communication skills
  • Managing any anxiety and stress
  • Preparing you for life in the workplace

Provides opportunities to enjoy social activities 

Those with autism are commonly very intelligent and enjoy taking part in activities that align with their interests. However, the individual may find taking the initial steps required to partake in certain activities difficult and overwhelming. A common factor could include finding social interactions particularly challenging, , however, with the right support and guidance, individuals can overcome these hurdles. Our teams provide opportunities to take part in engaging social activities, both individually or as part of a group.

One of the biggest benefits of supported living for autistic adults is that it’s a person-centred approach. Autism can affect people in many different ways, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all approach that works. Ultimately, supported living is a fantastic way to offer tailored help with everyday tasks such as:

  • Confidence building
  • Personal and medical care
  • Advice on further education
  • Home cleaning
  • Paying bills
  • Budgeting tips and tricks
  • Support with tenancies and liaising with authorities
  • Accessing benefit schemes
  • Employment opportunities
  • Re-training and learning new skills
  • Getting involved in local activities
  • Social interaction

Whatever your circumstances and requirements are, our specialist team can offer the appropriate amount of support, helping you on the journey to living as independently as possible.

The Fremantle Trust is here to help those in need achieve their goals and aspirations. We can help with general home life support, accessing education, learning new skills, obtaining employment, engaging in activities and hobbies, and developing new friendships.

To better understand how supported living for autistic adults can meet the needs of those requiring care and how The Fremantle Trust can help, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today.