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Working for Shared Lives

Throughout Gloucestershire, many adults are looking for assistance to enable them to live their life in a way that supports their needs and enables new experiences. It might be that a person who has just come out of hospital needs extra care in a home environment before returning home. Alternatively, it could be that someone living with dementia may benefit from a respite break in a family home as opposed to residential care. People with assessed needs also include people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions.

Gloucester Shared Lives Scheme offers an alternative to traditional social care options. It is flexible and offers support within a family home for a few days, a few weeks or on a long-term basis. We are currently looking to recruit Shared Lives carers throughout Gloucestershire who can help us develop the service and enable many more people to access wider choice in their care options.

Being a Shared Lives carer can be very rewarding. Enabling people with assessed needs to access communities and fully live their lives from a safe and caring base can make an exceptional difference to an individual’s life. You may also be supporting another family to have a break themselves knowing their loved ones are safe and in a suitable and caring environment. All our carers go through an assessment process which takes around three months; it includes completion of an application form, home visits by members of our team and high quality, relevant training.

If you think you may like to be involved and have space within your home, then we would love to hear from you. You will be supported by specialist staff throughout the application process and on an on-going basis once approved. Shared Lives carers are self-employed and will be paid a fee for the support they provide.

Currently the rates are set by the Shared Lives pricing tool which is divided into four bandings of low, medium, high and complex depending on the individuals needs.

The rate is agreed between Shared Lives and the commissioning team for each placement and will range from £326.89 to £653.78 per week. There is a 24 hourly rate for short break (respite) carers ranging from £54.48 to £93.40 and there is also an hourly rate of £12.31 for carers who provide day support.

If you'd like to apply to become a Shared Lives carer, please fill out our application form and return it to

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If you would like to discuss in more detail and/or require further information, please contact the Shared Lives team on 01452 426237 or email

Page updated: 30/06/2022 Page updated by: Luke O'Donnell

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