"I'd like to provide a home for an adult who needs care and support."
As a shared lives carer, you’ll build a close connection with the people you support, and they’ll become part of your home and family life.
While people who join the shared lives scheme are keen to maintain their independence wherever possible, they will have care needs that you’ll need to support.
As they are joining your family unit, it is likely that your family and friends will contribute to their care and support too.
You’ll usually only support 1 person at a time, although this can be up to 3 in exceptional circumstances. People visiting or moving in with shared lives carers may have:
You’ll be carefully matched with each person you care for based on your strengths, experiences and interests.
Your role, as a shared lives carer, is to help the person who stays with you to live as independently as possible, and become a valued part of your family unit.
You’ll share your experience and skills to help them:
By just being yourself, in your own home and inviting the person into your life, you can:
You can choose what level of support you would like to give.
Long term carers provide a long term placement. This means someone will come and live with you full time.
Short term (respite) carers offer care over 1 or several nights, such as for holidays, short respite breaks or weekend stays.