Interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer? Why not come along to our ‘Meet and Greet’ event? Not only will you have the chance to chat to our current Shared Lives families, but you will also meet Shared Lives Manager Joe Bavington and his team.
What is Shared Lives
Shared Lives is the little known alternative to home care and care homes for disabled adults and older people. It is used by around 12,000 people in the UK and is available in nearly every area. The UK is only just grasping the potential of families and communities contributing to the well-being of people with support needs, and of those people being active, valued citizens. Shared Lives aims to enable people with a disability to experience ordinary life, with real relationships, rather than receive a service.
Shared Lives care may include
- Long term accommodation and support
- Short breaks
- Daytime support
- Rehabilitative or intermediate support
- Kinship support where the carer acts as ‘extended family’ to someone living in their own home and where both the homes of the people using the service and the Shared Lives carers are available for contact