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In a Shared lives placement, you live with a family and they share their home, lives, families, interests, experience and skills with you.
Support takes place in the home of a local family, who are approved to Shared lives support. It can be delivered in several different ways:
Living in a carer's home: the person needing support may live in the carer's own home and be supported in their everyday life. Sharing a carer's home can be to cover a short-term need (such as providing a break for a person's main carer) or a longer-term situation.
Day-time support: regular support sessions held in the carer's home providing support and accommodation for LCC Shared Lives.
If you are staying overnight:
You will have your own room and can bring your own things.
You will still be able to do the things you normally do.
You will be able to see your friends and family, if you wish to.
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
mental health problems
drug and alcohol dependency
How long are placements for?
Shared lives placements can provide you with:
Long-term care: You will live in someone’s home for an open-ended period of time
Short-term care: You will stay with someone for periods varying from one night to few weeks
Day support: This helps develop your skills and confidence and may take place in your home or in the community
Shared lives service that is 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'.
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.
Our Shared lives carers
Our Shared Lives team work closely with the elderly and disabled they care for to help them achieve independence and gain confidence.
Lesley Helps is a carer with the Shared Lives service within Leicestershire County Council and has been recently named as the Autism Carer of the Year, thanks to her dedication to helping those with the disability. Find out more about Lesley and the Autism Carer of the Year award.