What is Shared Lives?
Shared Lives is an alternative approach to traditional residential respite and day services. It offers care and support for adults and carers. Trained Shared Lives carers provide short breaks and day support in their own homes, helping people achieve independent and fulfilling lives.
A Shared Lives carer may provide various types of care to adults, including for example: People with physical or sensory impairments; adults with learning disabilities; older people – perhaps with a level of dementia; and people experiencing mental ill health.
Shared Lives also looks to offer support for people transitioning from children’s to adult services; and to cover in emergencies, if a carer is ill; in hospital; or for other domestic crises.
People use the service for various reasons, including to:
- enjoy a change of scene in a friendly environment
- meet new people and make friends
- find new interests and develop skills
- gain confidence and independence
- receive support with physical, social, emotional and cultural needs
- allow their carer a break
Our aim is to provide a positive experience for our customers through a flexible, personalised, community-based service.
This service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission
Our services include:
Short breaks in the home of a Shared Lives carer. This may be to provide 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 - providing care in the customers home, allowing their usual carer to take a break from their caring role.
According to availability, arrangements can be made for sessions of two to four hours during the day, with a maximum of eight hours support per week. We also offer a limited night service.