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Shared Lives Scheme

Opening up homes and sharing lives to promote the wellbeing of the community

Shared lives is a highly personalised form of care that supports vulnerable people with a wide range of needs to live safely and comfortably in a home and community of their choosing. Care is provided by professional carers – either individuals, couples or families – in their homes and as part of their local community.

Shared Lives is the happy medium between living at home and supported living or a care home – bringing the expert care of formal settings in a homely environment, ensuring that a person gets the care they need whilst living in a home environment provided by trained carers.

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Shared Lives is for people with needs that require additional support outside of their home. This could be a young adult with a learning disability, an elderly person with dementia or a person who needs support after being discharged from hospital.

Shared Lives support people with the following needs or conditions:

  • Mental ill health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Dementia
  • Care leavers
  • Supporting people to leave hospital
  • Victims of domestic abuse or modern slavery
  • Stroke recovery or aquired brain injury

These are adults who would like to live independently in their community and still benefit from the support of family and community links.

Shared Lives Carers are members of the local community who have provided their homes for expert care. Carers are assessed and trained to provide a high level of person-centred assistance on a short-term or long-term basis.

Benefits of Shared Lives:

  • Proffessional care for loved ones
  • Remain in a home setting
  • Access to local medical teams
  • Person-centered assistance
  • Peace of mind

Shared Lives Carers are fully assessed (including DBS checked)

Download our Shared Lives leaflet

Shared Lives Carers are people from all walks of life who are able to provide care in their homes for local people.

It’s similar to fostering but for adults. You get to make a great difference in someone’s life from teaching life skills to providing more specialised care.

You can become a shared lives carer:

    • Regardless of age, ethnicity, sexuality or disability
    • Whether you own or rent your home
    • If you can offer time, support, encouragement and opportunity whilst being aware of indavidual's needs
    • Are able to offer short-term (up to 6 weeks) or long-term (from 3 months) placements
    • Have a spare room

Shared Lives Carers are paid from £350 a week dependent of care provision.

Shared Lives Carers will undergo full assessments (including a DBS, home visits, training)

Contact us for an informal chat about becoming a Shared Lives Carer

If you would like more information about the Shared Lives Scheme, please contact our team:

Shared Point of Access T: 020 8274 7088

Michelle - 02083398083 or Claire - 02083398079

Shared Lives Scheme, Your Healthcare, Hollyfield House, 22 Hollyfield Road, Surbiton, KT5 9AL

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