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Leeds Shared Lives

What is Shared Lives?

It provides an alternative to traditional day care and residential services for disabled adults and older people in the Leeds metropolitan area. It offers a flexible, personalised community based service. Our services include:

  • Short breaks in the home of a Shared Lives carer either to provide day support, overnight, weekend and week-long stays or medium term placements for a few weeks or months to support specific situations

  • Day support opportunities in the home of a Shared Lives carer

  • Outreach workers provide support to allow informal carers to take a break. It is provided in the home of the customer. These can be in sessions of 2-4 hours or overnight. The service aims to match up a worker who can meet the needs and interests of the customer. The same worker visits on a weekly basis enabling a strong and responsive relationship to develop.

Am I eligible to be offered a Shared Lives service?

An assessment will be needed before the service can be used. Anyone who has an assessed need and is over 18 can be referred. For example, a person with:

  • A learning disability
  • Mental health needs
  • A physical disability
  • A diagnosis of dementia
  • An older person

How long does it take to find someone suitable?

It is difficult to be precise. We will look at the range of carers with availability and aim to successfully match your needs. There will be an opportunity to meet with the prospective matched carer and you will be able to decide if this is right for you before going ahead.

The amount of service you receive will be discussed with you as part of your assessment but will also be dependent on the Shared Lives carer’s availability.

Will I be charged for this service?

Yes, you will be charged. The amount you pay will depend on your financial situation and the type of service you would like to use.

How can I access the service?

Speak to your health or social care professional e.g. GP, social worker, support worker, care manager, district nurse, memory nurse, Carers Leeds, Alzheimer’s Society or neighbourhood network scheme. They can refer you to our service following an assessment of your needs.

Alternatively, please call Adult Social Care on 0113 222 4401 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Who are Shared Lives carers?

The Shared Lives service recruits ordinary people who come from all walks of life and are committed and passionate about what they do. They offer an opportunity for an adult with a disability or an older person to enjoy a short break within a family home or give their family carer time away from their caring responsibilities in conjunction with the needs and wishes of the adult being cared for.

Shared Lives carers are fully assessed and police checked before being approved. They are provided with training and supervised by a scheme worker.

How do I become a Shared Lives carer?

Can you provide the time, skills and a home environment where you could provide short breaks or day support for adults with a diverse range of care needs? Anyone over 18 can apply. There is no upper age limit as long as carers are fit and healthy enough.

Shared Lives carers are fully assessed and police checked before being approved. Once approved, carers will be provided with training and supervised by a scheme worker. Shared Lives carers are extraordinary people who live ordinary lives and come from many different backgrounds.

For an informal discussion or to apply please telephone 0113 378 5410 or email shared.lives@leeds.gov.uk

For those interested in becoming a carer, further information is available in our Frequently Asked Questions​.

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