Shared Lives is a social care program that matches people who need support with trained carers who welcome them into their homes and communities.

The Shared Lives program offers personalised support in a homely environment, helping people to live their lives to the fullest.

Shared Lives is flexible and offers a range of services tailored to the needs and preferences of each individual.

It is an alternative to traditional care settings and promotes independence, choice, and community inclusion.

The program is aimed at a wide range of people, including:

Adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or mental health problems

Older people who need extra support to live independently

Young people leaving care who need a stable home environment

People who require short-term support following a hospital stay or illness

Anyone who is socially isolated and would benefit from living with a supportive family or community.

More information can be found at nhs.uk.

Shared Lives Plus

Shared Lives Plus is the UK membership charity for more than 6,000 Shared Lives carers, 150 Shared Lives programmes, and a growing network of over 20 Homeshare providers.

Details of their Shared Lives schemes can be found at this link.

Shared Lives Carers

Before you can become a shared lives carer, you’ll need to apply and go through an approval process.

This is to make sure you meet the correct standards for a shared lives carer, and have the skills to prepare you for the role.

The application process takes between 3 and 6 months to complete.

If you're interested in becoming a shared lives carer, contact Shared Lives Plus.

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