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Shared Lives


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What is Shared Lives?

This means going to stay with another family. This could be either for the day, for an overnight short break or maybe living with a family on a long term basis.

a home

What is a Shared Lives Carer?

It is the person whose home you will stay in. They can include you in their family activities.

You decide what things you want to share with them. Things like:

  • What you do during the day
  • What you like doing in the evenings and at weekends
  • What things you need help with

help and support

A Shared Lives Carer can help you with lots of things, including:

  • taking your medication
  • washing your hair or having a bath/shower
  • managing your money
  • cooking
  • going out and about, to do the things that you enjoy

some money

How much will it cost?

The cost of an Shared Lives Service will depend on how long you stay and also on what you can afford to pay.

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How can I get Shared Lives?

You can Contact Us(or ask your Social Worker or parents to)

Once we know what you would like, we will look for the carer best suited to you. You could meet them with your social worker, to see what you think, if you want to. Sometimes you may need to meet a few carers before we find the right one for you.

See:More information about Shared Lives




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Using the Service

A dorrmat which says 'Becoming a Carer'
Becoming a Carer

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I'm a Shared Lives Carer


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What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives Services are all about one household sharing their lives, families, home, interests, experience and skills with other people who need some help and support to live their lives to the full.

The person is welcomed as a member of the family and supported by a Shared Lives Carer who is checked, approved, trained and monitored by the Shared Lives Service.

Shared Lives focuses on what the person wants and needs to live their life and fulfil their ambitions. It is highly personalised and is delivered by local people in their own communities.

What do we offer?

We offer:

·    long term support;

·    short breaks; and

·    daytime support.

This takes place in the homes of a local family,
or using their home as a base.

Who do we support?

We support a wide range of people, including:

·    Adults with learning disabilities

·    Older persons

·    Adults with mental health conditions

·    Adults with physical and sensory disabilities

·    Adults with dementia

·    Adults with drug and alcohol dependency

The Shared Lives Service is registered with and inspected by the Social Care Regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). To find out more about this visit their website at www.cqc.org.uk

Register your interest in becoming a shared lives carer by filling in our enquiry form.