Shared Lives

Shared Lives is a form of regulated social care where trained individuals or families (Shared Lives carers) open their homes and lives to support people who have cause to draw on care and support.

Shared Lives care is a support service for adults who have a long-term condition and want to live independently in their community.

In this arrangement, a person drawing on Shared Lives, visits, or lives with a Shared Lives carer in their family home, sharing their family and community life. The carer provides personalised, one-on-one support, promoting a sense of belonging and community inclusion.

Unlike traditional care settings, Shared Lives focuses on building genuine relationships and meaningful connections between the person drawing on care and the Shared Lives carer and their family. It offers a more personalised, flexible, and home-based alternative to institutional care, promoting independence and social inclusion.

Shared Lives schemes carefully match individuals with compatible carers based on interests, values, and needs. The aim is to create a supportive family environment where the person receiving care can lead a fulfilling life while being an active part of the community.  Shared Lives promotes a sense of security, stability, and belonging, enhancing the quality of life for those in need of care.

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