Shared Lives – Lancashire

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Shared Lives is a service that matches adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, older people and/or mental health needs with carers and their families, to live within their home.

Shared Lives means people who need support can choose to become part of a real family, instead of staying in a residential facility or being looked after by a team of support workers.

Shared Lives offers people the opportunity to live in a family environment, allowing them to become part of a community, where they can maintain existing friendships and develop new ones to help them gain the confidence and skills to become as independent as possible. The people living in Shared Lives will continue to see their own family and friends as much as they want.

The outcomes of Shared Lives can be startling, with people reporting feeling settled, valued and like they belong for the first time in their lives. They make friends and get involved in clubs, activities and volunteering, often for the first time.

Could you care for an adult who needs support?  Being a Shared Lives carer is rewarding and can be flexible to fit around your lifestyle.

The Shared Lives concept is similar to foster care for adults, where carers share their home and family life with an adult who needs help or support to live well.  People you support could come from any background and everyone needs a different level of care. Some people just require advice and guidance whilst others might want more direct support with daily tasks such as cooking, laundry and managing money or budgets.
Lancashire’s Shared Lives service is the largest in the country supporting 377 people in 288 households, with 227 of those receiving long-term care. The service was recently recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The service supports 11% of the population of adults with a learning disability in the county and they are looking to expand the number of active carers who can offer long term placements across the county.

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