What is a Shared Lives service?

In a Shared Lives Service you are supported by someone called a Shared Lives carer. The Shared Lives carer will share their family home with you and include you as part of their family.

Who is this service for?

Anyone who is over 16 and who has been assessed as needing support.

If your care manager or social worker says that they think you would benefit from this kind of support we can tell you more about the service.

If you think that this service would be right for you and want to buy it with your own money, we will come along and tell you about it to make sure that it will meet your needs.

If you want to use some of your direct payments or individual budget for this kind of support, you can do, if it is meeting your needs.

What can the Shared Lives service offer you?

  • You will choose your own carers.
  • You will be invited into the Shared Lives carers home, which will be clean and well looked after.
  • You will have the company of other people but also have your own independence as an adult.
  • You will be able to meet new people and make new friends.
    You can get the support you need to do things you choose to do.
  • You can learn new skills.
  • Your carer will respect you and support you to make choices and decisions and be in control of your own life.

What are the different ways we can support you?

1. Kinship Care
The carer spends some time with you in your home and you also spend some time with them in their home.

The carer will support you to do all the things you like to do and will also welcome you into their home to meet their family and friends. You will have the opportunity to get to know more people and to do more things.

The Shared Lives carer will act as ‘extended family’ supporting you to be part of their family, social circle and community.

2. Day Options
You will spend some time with the carer in their home, and be supported to do things you enjoy and to meet other people. This support is provided during the day and early evening to meet your needs.

The Shared Lives carer will live locally to you. They will share your interests and welcome you into their   social circle. They will support your local community involvement.

3. Short Breaks
You can go to live with a Shared Lives carer for a break from your everyday life. This will be in a place you want to have a break in, with a carer you will enjoy spending time with and at a time that suits you. It can be for a few days or a few weeks.

4. Home Life
This is living with a carer and their family in their home. You will have your own room and will share the family home. You will get to know the family members and their connections in the community.

You will still do all the things that are important to you, including keeping in touch with your own family. You might live there a long time or until you get a place of your own.

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The Shared Lives service has been able to provide a flexible and inclusive approach to my client who has been struggling in his current placement. The Shared Lives carer is accepting of my client and has approached him in a non-judgemental way without the client feeling under pressure. Both the carer and co-ordinator have been actively working with social work and the client in a creative and positive way to provide a service and build a relationship in challenging circumstances.