Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

6. Supported living

Supported living is a general term that refers to people living and receiving care in the community. This can apply to someone who lives in their own home or in rented accommodation, and receives care and support directly from, or organised by, their local authority. The purpose of supported living is to give the person more control over their care.

A person with dementia who is living in supported living can still be deprived of their liberty. This will usually only apply to people who receive a lot of care and support, as they must be under ‘continuous supervision and control’.

If a person is living in supported living, a deprivation of liberty will still need to be authorised. The purpose of the authorisation is the same as in a care home or hospital, and the same criteria apply. However, the process is slightly different.

In order to authorise a deprivation of liberty, the local authority will need to take the case to the Court of Protection, rather than authorise the deprivation of liberty themselves. If you feel that you or someone you know is in this position, you can ask the local authority to seek authorisation. You can use Template letter 4 – see ‘Template letters’ below. You may also find it helpful to speak to the Court of Protection for further guidance and information (see ‘Other useful organisations’).