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.
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.
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.