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Local authorities and national government are encouraging adult social care providers to develop supported living schemes, both for older people and younger adults with specialist needs.

There is also still an appetite for assisted living facilities for older people.

However, the regulations around supported and assisted living are complex. Providers run the risk of prosecution for operating an unregistered care home if a supported living service does not comply with the relevant requirements. In particular, there is a need to ensure a clear separation of the functions of care and accommodation. This means that careful consideration needs to be given to the contractual arrangements, including the wording within tenancy agreements and care agreements, as well as website content and marketing.

It is essential to seek legal advice and stay up-to-date with the legislation if you want to avoid these risks and make the most of the opportunities available.

If any concerns are raised about the operation of your service or whether you are correctly registered, we can help you with this also.


Laura Guntrip is a Partner and Head of the Healthcare team.

Our healthcare lawyers have a strong reputation in the field of supported and assisted living. We can take you step-by-step through the process and deal with the correct drafting of necessary legal documentation and marketing materials.

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