Shared Lives

Shared Lives is a community-based service that offers accommodation and support to adults with learning disabilities and other social care needs.

The Shared Lives service can offer long-term accommodation where the person with support needs lives with the carer in their home as part of their family.

Shared Lives carers provide a tailor-made service to meet the individual needs of the people they support.

The service can offer short breaks for people who may want to have a break from their current living arrangements for a specified period of time. This could be an overnight stay for the weekend, or for a longer period. The carer will provide agreed activities during this break to meet the needs and requirements of the person staying.

Shared Lives can also provide tailor-made day activities that are based within the carer’s home or in the community.

Who can use this service?

The shared lives service is for:

  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with mental health issues.

To access the service you'll need to have a care and support assessment.

Become a Shared Lives carer

If you'd like to become a Shared Lives carer, a visit will be arranged to your home. The assessment process will be explained and one of the Shared Lives team will ask to look around your property. They will need to make sure your home is suitable in terms of cleanliness, space and accessibility.

What happens during the assessment process?

The Shared Lives coordinator will arrange to visit you again to begin the assessment process.

This will include discussing aspects of your application, such as your:

  • background
  • personality
  • lifestyle
  • health issues
  • locality.

This is a detailed assessment, which will include separate discussions with other members of your household, including children.

Contact us to find out more about the service: