If you wish to become a Shared Lives Carer you will go through the approval process by the scheme to ensure you have the right skills and knowledge.
References and checks are carried out to ensure you are of good character.
It is expected that you will have some previous experience of caring, although it is more important that you have a genuine wish to support others.
Once you are approved, the Scheme seeks to ensure that people looking for placements are matched as appropriately as possible to their needs and wishes, and the skills and experience of you as a Shared Lives Carer.
During the matching process there is plenty of chances for both you as the Shared Lives Carer and the person seeking support to meet and decide if the placement is going to be suitable.
The Shared Lives Carer is a person who takes overall responsibility for the support provided, is self-employed, and receives payments from the different funding streams and the person placed, for each person living with them.
It is expected that the Shared Lives Carer would ensure that any person they support is assisted, encouraged and supported to lead as independent a life as they are capable of.
This will include assistance to develop the confidence to exercise choices and to pursue activities for a meaningful and fulfilling life.
The Shared Lives Scheme provides on-going training and support to the Carer in their role, who is expected to work in co-operation with the Scheme and take advice on all aspects of care.
All Carers have an allocated Shared Lives Officer. Their job is to provide regular support and make monitoring visits to ensure that all is well. These are normally every three months as a minimum, but can be more often if required.
A Social Worker from the team that made the placement will usually continue to support the person who has been placed. It is also usual to maintain contact with an independent advocate.
The Scheme promotes equality of opportunity for all, and recruits people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, to reflect the needs of people seeking homes.
There is no typical Carer and no typical family.
If you would like more information about becoming a Shared Lives Carer please contact the Shared Lives team.