Shared lives

"I need to live in a home where I can get help but still keep my independence"

Your carer

Do you want to continue living at home?

We know it's important to stay independent for as long as possible, in your own home.

Matching you to your shared lives carer

It’s important that you are matched to a carer that you can get along with, so we’ll discuss the things that you enjoy and find someone with similar interests.

We will arrange for you to spend some time with your carer before you go and stay with them or move in. If you don’t think the household is going to be right for you, we’ll do our best to find one that suits you better.

All our shared lives carers:

  • are fully trained and hold a care certificate
  • have been assessed and approved by our team
  • have had an enhanced DBS check - this means we have checked their criminal record.

Your support worker will also make sure you are receiving a good standard of care. You’ll be able to discuss any concerns you may have with them.

Support from your carer

Your shared lives carer can support you with whatever you, and those involved in your support say you need help with. This may be:

  • personal care, like washing and dressing
  • taking part in activities (for example, going shopping or going out for a meal)
  • to help you feel part of the household
  • supporting you to feel part of the local community
  • to enable you to be given choices and make your own decisions
  • making sure you are safe.

Interested in becoming a shared lives carer?

Open your home to someone with a care need, and you could make an amazing difference to their life.