What is Gloucestershire Shared Lives?
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 on a long-term basis with a Shared Lives carer in their home as part of the family.
Shared Lives may be an alternative to traditional social care or health services; living in a residential care or nursing home and long stays or frequent readmissions to hospital. The service is flexible and is all about one household sharing their lives, families, home, Interests, experience and skills with other people who need some help and support to access the community and live their life to the full.
Who is Shared Lives for?
Shared Lives services are for adults who have additional support needs. People might need extra support because they have a learning disability, physical disability, have a long term health condition, mental health problems, have needs relating to older age including dementia; they might have other needs – or any combination of the above.
We work closely with our Shared Lives Carers, the people who use the service and supporting agencies. Our Carers are assessed, trained and supported by specialist staff who do the initial assessment and provide ongoing training, as well as setting up “matches” with people looking for services.
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