What is Shared Lives?
Shared Lives is a nationally recognised and successful care and support option. Walsall have their own in house Shared lives scheme .It offers people with social care needs the opportunity to be supported in a host carers home as part of a funded care and support package. Shared lives promotes ordinary life for people who have assessed levels of need as part of the Care Act, 2015.
You can become an approved carer for the Shared lives scheme following a period of assessment and approval to become a carer via an independent panel as part of the approval process, Shared lives carers agree to share their home and family life with a vulnerable person in return for a fee and ongoing training, support and networking opportunities with other Shared lives carers and the Shared Lives team. Shared Lives can support anyone from the age of 14 onwards with everyday living and activities. This could be someone with a range of disabilities, mental ill health deterioration, Autism or age related needs including dementia.
What types of support does Shared Lives Provide?
- Long term, where someone lives with a carer for an agreed length of time, for support and preparation for supported or independent living.
- Overnight short breaks (respite) care and support within a Shared Lives carers home, this can be for a couple of nights or for longer periods as part of replacement care for their main network of support
- Day and evening support, supported from the Shared Lives carers home.
- Transition, where a young person lives with a carer and the placement can continue after the age of 18, offering support until the individual is ready to move to more independent accommodation.
- Home from hospital, interim support for someone recovering from a physical or mental illness who no longer need to stay in hospital but are not ready to go home.
- Temporary support to someone whose ordinary arrangements may have broken down as a result of their own deterioration in needs or the regular carer breakdown as result of illness etc
Becoming a Shared Lives Carer
Do you have a caring nature, and looking for a new challenge with the opportunity to work from home? We welcome new carers from all backgrounds and family circumstances. Shared Lives Carers may have a partner and family or maybe single. Relevant caring experience is valuable, but not essential. We also welcome applicants with enthusiasm and informal experience, as we provide full training and ongoing support.
Walsall Shared Lives will support you through assessment and approval at an independent panel.
The Walsall Shared Lives Team
Tel: (01922) 652497