What is Shared Lives?
Shared Lives is a pioneering approach to social care. Under the scheme, trained carers open their homes so that people with disabilities, mental health needs and/or dementia can move in to their home and become part of their family life.
This can be a long or short term solution (many arrangements have lasted over twenty years), with the option for respite care, short breaks and day opportunities also available.
Shared Lives in action
The below video is a brilliant example of how Shared Lives works, and how it changes lives through personalised care in a family environment. Take a look at the inspiring story of the Trow family, then read on for more information.
The 'Matching Process'
If you choose to join a Shared Lives family, you can be assured that your happiness and safety are our top priorities. Before any placement is made, you will be carefully matched to a suitable carer via our ‘Matching Process’. Things such as lifestyle, hobbies and interests, as well as environment and facilities are taken into account. This serves to hugely enhance compatibility between both parties and also decreases the likelihood of unhappiness.
The most important thing about the service is that it allows you to be supported in a safe, family environment. Being part of a Shared Lives family means becoming an active, valued member of your community. It also allows you to develop at your own pace, with the freedom to take any opportunities available.
The Shared Lives difference
Shared Lives makes a huge difference to people’s lives. We see confidence grow, wellbeing improve and people achieving things they never thought possible. Watch the below video, filmed on the Wirral and telling the story of four individuals who have grown and thrived alongside the support of their Shared Lives families.
The goal of Shared Lives is a regular family life, where everyone gets to contribute to real relationships and are valued citizens.
If you feel Shared Lives is the choice for you, get in touch and speak to one of our experienced Care Team to discuss your individual needs. We are happy to meet at your home or talk at a location of your choosing. You can contact our Head Office on 01423 530053, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org