Independent living with SEND

As you grow older, you may want to live alone in your own home, by yourself or with others. This is called living independently.

To make sure that you are able to live independently, there's lots of support available to you depending on your needs.

Care and support

If you need additional care and support to live at home independently, or you need someone to come into your home and help you, talk to our Social Care Team.

Find support services to help you live at home independently, how to pay for care and request personal assistants.

Develop your life skills

Our Kent Pathways Service helps you to improve your independence in an area of your life you need help. This could be making new friends, getting fit or active or learning to travel independently.

Find out how the Kent Pathways Service can help you.

Housing and care homes

If you no longer wish to live in your parent or carer's house, you may be able to get support from supported housing, extra care housing or your local council.

Learn about your available housing options.

Getting around Kent and beyond

Being able to travel around Kent independently is a great way to get to and from your education setting, job or simply visiting friends and family. There are many ways you can travel around Kent and the rest of the UK. Whether you are using a bus, train, car or taxi there is support out there for you.

See what support is available for you to travel independently.

Accessible toilets and RADAR keys

When you visit new places, you may need to find your nearest accessible toilets. Often known as "Changing Places", these are available across Kent. They can provide you with enough space and the right equipment, including a hoist and height adjustable changing bench. A RADAR key allows you to gain access to over 5,000 toilets across the UK.

Find your nearest accessible toilet and learn more about RADAR keys.

Your money

Money can allow you to become as independent as to you want to be. It helps you to pay your bills and buy the things you need or want in life. Money comes from having a job, or receiving benefits through the national government.

Learn about what support is available about money and who to talk to if you need advice.

Your personal safety

Whether you are meeting new friends, starting a relationship, or using the internet to shop or talk to people online, we all want to be safe.

Find out how to be safe in your day to day life.