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Change someone’s life, by sharing your life with them

Published
18.03.2019

Shared Lives Carers provide a home and family to people with care and support needs, helping them to make the most of their life. The county council want to recruit 40 new Carers over the next two years.

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Gloucestershire Shared Lives provides flexible care and support for adults who are unable to live independently, either on a short or long term basis, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life. Carers make a real difference to a person’s life by providing support for them in a home setting, allowing them to move out of traditional residential or social care setting.

Carers provide short term support to help people who need time to adjust to living independently, for example teaching them to budget, shop, wash and cook. Support is also provided for people who are fit to leave hospital, but not quite ready to return to their own home. Short respite breaks are also provided, along with care for people with specialist long term care needs.

Our Carers’ personal circumstances are all different, and the needs of the people they support varies greatly too. The support provided by Shared Lives is always matched to suit the Carers’ experience and ranges from helping with everyday tasks, to more specialist skills.

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery at Gloucestershire County Council said:

“Shared Lives is changing the lives of people in Gloucestershire for the better. Our team take enormous care to match Carers with people who need their help, and we’ve seen lots of very successful matches, enriching the lives of everyone involved.

Our Carers open their homes to people who need their support, allowing them to be part of a family and the local community which is hugely beneficial for their wellbeing. Often people just need short term support to help them adjust to living independently, with no special skills required. I’d encourage anyone who has ever considered being a Carer to talk to the team.”

As well as recruiting new Carers, we welcome conversations with healthcare professionals who may have patients who could benefit from the Shared Lives programme. For example, if they are medically fit to be discharged from hospital, but need further support, or are prone to frequent admissions. Shared Lives could provide them with flexible care in a family setting.

If you are interested in being a Shared Lives Carer, the team would love to hear from you. You may already have experience of caring for others on a personal or professional basis, but whatever your background or skills, our expert team will be on hand to give you all the training you need and will match you according to your lifestyle.

Find out more by visiting our website gloucestershire.gov.uk/shared-lives. Or telephone the Shared Lives team on 01452 426237. You can also email shared.lives@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Additional information
 - Shared Lives Carers receive ongoing training and support.
 - Living expenses are paid and Carers have access to preferential tax arrangements.
 - Further information regarding payments can be found in the FAQs for Shared Lives Carers on our website.

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