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Shared lives placement

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.

Check out choosing the best place to live for all the options available to you, if you feel you need more support to live at home.

What is a Shared lives placement?

In a Shared lives placement, you live with a family and they share their home, lives, families, interests, experience and skills with you.

Care takes place in the home of a local family.

  • You’ll have your own room and can bring your own things.
  • You’ll still be able to do the things you normally do.
  • You will be able to see your family.

The Shared lives carer:

  • will support you to live the life you want, to keep in touch with your family and friends and to enjoy day-to-day activities.
  • can also support you with daily living tasks such as personal care, emotional support and help you develop independent living skills.

Your support is tailored to you.

Who is it for?

Shared lives might be suitable for you if you’re an adult aged 18 or over, with eligible care and support needs and have:

  • a physical disability or
  • a learning disability or
  • autism 
  • mental health problems
  • dementia
  • drug and alcohol dependency
  • age-related disabilities

How long are placements for?

Shared lives placements can provide you with:

  • long term accommodation and support
  • short breaks sometimes known as respite
  • home from hospital care
  • daytime support as a stepping stone into living by yourself

Is the Shared lives service regulated and inspected?

All our Shared lives carers are checked, approved, trained and monitored by the Shared lives service.

The Shared lives service 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'.

You can view a copy of the Shared lives inspection report on the CQC website.

How much does it cost?

The cost of your placement will vary as it depends on the amount of support you need. We will tell you if you need to pay towards the cost of the service.

How do I apply for a Shared lives placement?

You’ll need to ask us for a care and support assessment first to see if you have eligible care and support needs.  

A social care worker will visit you to do the assessment and will talk to you about all your options and agree if Shared lives is the best way to meet your care and support needs.

If you’re eligible, we will check to see if we have any Shared lives carers who are able to support your needs and arrange for you to meet them. We may not always be able to find a suitable match.

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Become a Shared Lives Carer

Do you have room for one more at the dinner table? For a coffee? Or even to stay?

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