Living independently means having choice and control over all aspects of your life.
This might involve:
- choosing where you live
- enjoying time with family and friends
- taking part in leisure activities
- studying, training and working
Living independently does not mean living alone without support. It means having the support which enables you to do these sorts of things – when and how you want to.
Support with washing, bathing and getting dressed or undressed
Help with eating or cooking meals
Support to move around your home safely
Daily living aids, such as equipment or assistive technology
Support to keep in touch with family and friends
Support to do the things that interest you, sport or social activities, to get out and about.
Support to enable you to work, study, volunteer. This is different from support such as Access to Work.
Support to enable you to use local facilities and be a part of your community
Communication support (for example, a sign language interpreter)
Support in the wider world (for example, someone with a learning difficulty might need a support worker to enable them to navigate a new area or a new routine).