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Gloucestershire Shared Lives scheme

Shared Lives is a service where someone with assessed needs aged 18 and over can be supported for a few hours, a few days or live permanently with a Shared Lives carer and their family in their home as part of the family. It may be  an alternative to living in a residential care home. The service is flexible and supports people to access work, leisure activities and trips out; providing a wide ranging and bespoke care plan.

The overall purpose of Shared Lives is to offer:

  • An alternative option to residential care
  • Respite care
  • Support and encouragement for adults to help maintain their independence and sense of identity
  • A break from the caring role for family/informal carers
  • A tailor made placement that can be used to make your personal budget work for you

We can provide care and support for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues and those vulnerable adults who have particular needs to enable them to live a full life safely in a caring environment.

Thinking about becoming a carer?

Prospective carers undergo a robust screening and assessment process before they and their property are approved as a Shared Lives placement. All carers and support carers are given appropriate training and placements are subject to a health and safety check. 

People with care needs are carefully matched with carers; to ensure the best possible opportunity for a successful placement and quality support and care.

Once a person with care needs has been placed with a Shared Lives carer, carers are monitored and reviewed regularly in conjunction with the relevant care legislation and standards as defined in the CQC (Care Quality Commission’s) standards for Shared Lives.


Gloucestershire Shared Lives is registered and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The scheme was inspected on 25/08/2016 and rated as GOOD.

If you think you might have the time and space in your home to offer care or support and have some experience of working with or caring for vulnerable adults, then we would love to hear from you. You can email us or call 01452 426237  for an informal discussion.

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