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Shared Lives is:
A highly flexible personalised service that provides you with the level of support you need to live an independent life in the community. This support is provided by Shared Lives Carers and their families using their family home.
The Shared Lives Scheme can give you:
Shared Lives placements are made by the Shared Lives Scheme. The Scheme approves and trains the Shared Lives Carers, matches the needs of people seeking a service with Shared Lives Carers, and monitors the placements.
Shared Lives placements can be for an extended stay; short break or short stay.
You can expect to be treated with respect, be listened to and have the right support to do the things you want.
Extended stays offer you the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a supportive stable environment, where you will also have the opportunity to share the day to day life of the Carer and their family.
Short breaks are highly flexible and offer you and your usual Carers a supportive break from each other. They are usually planned and can be from one night up to several weeks.
A short stay can offer the chance of a supportive environment in which to live whilst your long-term plans are put in place. It can offer a period of assessment or the chance to prepare for your future, by helping you to develop your skills and confidence.
The Shared Lives Scheme is registered with the Care Quality Commission (C.Q.C.) who inspects it annually.