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Shared Lives service

Shared Lives service is where households share their lives, families, home, interests, experience and skills with people who need some help and support to live their lives to the full.

Care takes place in the homes of a local family, or using their home as a base

The person is welcomed as a member of the family and supported by a Shared Lives carer, who is checked, approved, trained and monitored by the Shared Lives service.

Shared Lives focuses on what the person wants and needs to live their life and fulfil their ambitions. It is tailored to the individual person and delivered by local people in their own communities.

Shared Lives can support people with:

  • longer term accommodation and support
  • short breaks (respite)
  • home from hospital care
  • part-time support as a stepping stone into living by yourself

Shared Lives carers help people with:

  • learning disabilities
  • mental health conditions
  • physical and sensory disabilities
  • dementia
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • age-related disabilities

Frequently asked questions

How to access the Shared Lives service

Please contact the Customer Services team 0116 305 0004 or your allocated social care worker (if you have one) and request that you are interested in using Shared Lives services.

An assessment of your support needs will then be carried out to see if you meet the criteria to be able to have a Shared Lives service.

Regulation and inspection

Shared Lives is regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the social care regulator. The last inspection took place on 9 May 2016. The overall summary and rating of the service was 'good'.

To view or download a copy of the full inspection report, please access

Become a Shared Lives Carer

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