Shared Lives is a community based service that offers accommodation and support to adults with learning disabilities and other social care needs.

The Shared Lives service can offer long term accommodation where the person with support needs lives with the carer in their home as ‘part of their family’.

Shared Lives carers provide a tailor made service to meet the individual needs of the people who they support.

The service can offer short breaks for people who may wish to have some respite from their current living arrangements for a specified period of time. This could be an overnight stay, for the weekend or for a longer period. The carer will provide agreed activities during this break to meet the needs and requirements of the person staying.

Shared Lives can also provide tailor made day activities that are based within the carer’s home or in the community.

Visit the Shared Lives website to find more about the service.

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Who can use this service

The shared lives service is specific to:

  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with mental health issues
  • shared lives carers.

Next Steps

A visit will be arranged to your home. At this visit the assessment process will be explained and one of the Shared Lives team will ask to look around your property, ensuring that your home is suitable in terms of cleanliness, space appropriate accessibility.

What happens during the assessment process?

The Shared Lives coordinator will arrange to visit you again to begin the assessment process. This will include discussing aspects of your application, such as your background, personality, lifestyle, health issues and locality. This is a detailed assessment, which will include separate discussions with other members of your household (including children).

For more information on how to become a shared lives carer, see our carers guide.