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Shared Lives scheme

More about extended stay placements

Shared Lives Scheme.

Shared Lives extended stay placements are provided in everyday homes, by the people who live there, (whether they live alone, with their partners and/or other family members). They can offer you many of the important things only a real home can. Help with day-to-day living; providing you with your own personal space; emotional as well as physical support; and a sense of belonging and being part of the community.

If you live in Shared Lives you can expect the right to:

  • have your home maintained to a safe and comfortable standard
  • respect, dignity, choice, independence and personal fulfilment
  • everyday life chances, to take risks and to be listened to
  • confidentiality, have access to information about yourself, and to know on what basis any information might be shared with others
  • have your ethnic and cultural differences recognised and provided for, and your sexuality respected
  • be involved in the planning of your own care and to influence the services your receive
  • make a complaint about the service if you wish to and to have the complaint investigated in line with our complaints procedure
  • regular contact from your Shared Lives Officer
  • have the chance to share the daily life of the Shared Lives Carer

What happens if I decide to move into a Shared Lives home?

Your Case Manager will have completed your outcome focused support plan. Work can start on your Placement Agreement and Service User Plan, which is a larger, more detailed plan. Your Agreement and Plan will detail what you and the Carer will agree to do during the placement. For example, your Carer will agree to attend and contribute to your reviews; whereas you will agree to respect the Carer's home. Your agreement will also detail all the support you need and how you wish this to be done. For example, it may say that you need support to maintain contact with your family and friends and your carer may agree to help with transport.

The first six weeks gives you time to get to know your carer and their family. After the six weeks your first review will be held, which will involve your Case Manager, your Carer, your Shared Lives Officer, any family, friends or other professionals, and yourself. It is at this review where you and your Carer decide if you would like the placement to continue.

Will I have my own room?

Yes. For all placements, you will have your own room, which will be big enough for you to take all the belongings that you need.

Shared Lives team

Karyn Ross registered manager


Tel: 024 7678 5339

31 Copthorne Road

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