Thinking about moving home?
If you're thinking about moving out of the family home, or moving from where you are now, we have some information that will help.
On this page you can find out about:
the 5 steps to moving home i.e.
Get a social worker,
Get a social work assessment,
Check over the assessment,
Receive indicative budget and put together care plan,
Decide which housing option is best for you
what you need to think about along the way
advice from people who have already made the move
How EDG can Help: the life book
5 steps to moving home
In this section we will tell you about the 5 steps to moving home and give you some tips for what to think about at each step. They are explained in this video, or if you don't want to watch the video, you can also scroll down and read about it. It can be helpful to know about the whole process before you get started.
Step 1: Get a social worker
If you don't already have a social worker, you need to get on. To get one you need to contact Social Care Direct:
by phone on
0131 200 2324
or by email at
Step 2: Get an assessment
You need to ask your social worker to do an assessment. This will either be called the 'My support assessment’ or '3 conversations model assessment', depending on which one your social worker is trained in.
If your Carer is involved, the social worker will also do a ‘Carer’s assessment’ for them.
What you need to think about to prepare for step 2:
1. What outcomes do you want to achieve and how?
3. Where you would like to live and what are your needs?
2. What kind of support do you need for physical, mental health, day to day living etc
4. Would you like EDG to help you think this through?
We can take you through our life book planning tool if you live in Edinburgh
5. Which self-directed support option do you want? Your social worker should tell you about this but it helps to think about it in advance. If you want to change options at a later date, you need a new assessment, so it’s important to take time to think this through before the assessment. Read on to find out more, or if you know about this already, you can skip to step 3
What are the Self-Directed Support options?
Option 1: Direct Payment:
You receive direct payment (money given directly to you by council). You choose, arrange and pay your support. Advice and support are available to you as an employer.
Option 2: Individual Service Fund:
You choose your support organisation and the council arranges it. You don’t have to manage the money.
Option 3: Arranged Service
You choose to have the council (social worker) select and arrange your support, you don't choose it yourself.
Option 4: Mix and match
You can choose a mix from options 1,2,and 3. This way you can choose what bits you want to control
Step 3: Check over your assessment
The social worker will give you and your carer copies of your assessments. You can read them over and tell them if there are any mistakes that need to be corrected before you move forward.
Step 4: Indicative budget & care plan
Your social worker should then send you an indicative budget.
You can then come up with a care plan based on this budget, using options 1, 2, 3, or 4 of Self-directed support.
The care plan will go to social work for approval.
Step 5: Decide which housing option is best for you
There are different options for renting or buying your home. We'll go over the options for renting first, then the ownership options. You may want to get in touch with housing options to find out more about these options. They can talk you through what you need to do. They have a lot of experience supporting people with disabilities to move into their own home. Your social worker will also support you at this stage.
Renting is when someone else owns your home and you pay them money 'rent' to live there.
There are 3 types of renting option:
Council organises your support and housing in one package
Renting Option 1:
Council organises your support and housing in one package
Your social work assessment is considered by the council at the monthly housing and support panel. They match people with suitable housing that has become available in Edinburgh
You can accept or reject the offer of housing. If you reject, you go back on the list for the panel and wait for another offer. It does not mean you will go to the bottom of the list.
This will be SDS option 3. It will be a vacancy within an existing Learning Disability accommodation and support service in Edinburgh. It is usually a single service for housing and day to day support with the one provider. Some of these places will be with other people, sometimes flat for one person become available but this is less common.
Renting Option 2:
This is where your home is owned by Local Authority, a Social Landlord, or a Housing Association. You will pay rent to them and have a ‘Scottish Secured Tenancy’ (tenancy for life) or a ‘Short Secured Tenancy’.
This is a very secure option as tenancies are usually for life. It may also be the most affordable option.
To find these properties, you need to register with edindex.
Your social worker can help you with this and Housing options may also offer some advice
Renting Option 3:
This is when your home is owned by a private individual or private company. You pay them rent and you will have a ‘Private Residential Tenancy’. This is an open-ended tenancy which mean you can stay there until you want to move or if you are 'evicted' (this is when your landlord can force you to leave if you break some of the rules you agree to in the tenancy agreement). Or, if your landlord decides to sell the property, you will have to move.
You need to look for this yourself – in papers, on websites (e.g.espc, rightmove). This is less secure than social housing as landlords may sell property. The cost of private renting can be high.