In honour of Shared Lives Week, we asked Shared Lives carer Beryl and Kirsty, who is supported by Beryl, what it's really like being part of a Shared Lives family.
Why did you decide to become a Shared Lives carer?
“ I have been a carer all my life, although I retired. I wanted to carry on working and wanted to support someone from my own home rather than the other way round. I wanted to give someone a home who hadn’t got one."
What is your favourite experience of being a Shared Lives carer?
"My favourite experience of being a Shared Lives carer was going to my granddaughter's wedding. Kirsty and I stayed overnight at a really posh hotel in Liverpool, The Shankley. We both bought two new outfits and had our hair and make-up done. Kirsty looked fabulous and enjoyed herself thoroughly. Everyone made her feel welcome and part of the family."
What does a typical day look like?
"A typical day for us during lockdown is that we usually have a slow start to the day. We have a shower and breakfast and then we go for a walk with Frank the dog. We have our dinner together and may do an activity such as gardening or chilling out together.
What is the best part about Shared Lives?
“Now I have got a family and I didn’t have one before. Before the lockdown we did outings and I went to the cinema and the disco. I have been on holiday with my new family and to a wedding. I am thankful for having a family.”