What does a Shared Lives carer do
Shared Lives carers provide support in their family homes to adults who have additional needs. It helps people stay in their communities and keep existing friendships rather than moving into residential care.
Who can be a Shared Lives carer
Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life and all kinds of homes. There are no qualifications or experience necessary, and no clocking on or off – just a rewarding way of life.
How it works
After the assessment process, we’ll match you with someone and you’ll get to know each other before the support is agreed.
You can support someone for a few hours a day, they could move in with you long term, or visit you for a short break, whichever you are interested in offering.
The benefits for you
Offering to share your home with someone who needs extra support to live well means you’re helping make a real difference to someone's life. Living in a family environment helps people feel more settled and valued, with increased confidence and independence.
- weekly payments of a fixed amount (self-employed carers also benefit from preferential tax arrangements)
- 42 nights a year as paid holiday (for long term carers supporting someone living in their home)
- full training and support