Shared Lives Scheme – What is it?

Shared Lives carers share their family and community life with someone who

needs support. There are adults in Oxfordshire who need care and support. In most cases, a member of their family or a close friend provides this care. Sometimes, however, this is not possible. Sometimes the person who needs help may be offered sheltered accommodation, day care or residential care. But these traditional services may not always be the answer, for example where:

  • the person has no close family or friends the family is no longer able to provide care and support
  • relationships between the family have broken down
  • the adult does not want to continue living at home
  • the adult does not want to enter (or wants to leave) residential care.

One of the best ways of providing them with the kind of care they require is to offer them the chance to stay in a Shared Lives carer’s home. Or, alternatively, to be supported in their own home by a Shared Lives carer.

The Shared Lives service gives vulnerable and disabled adults this opportunity, enabling them to live as independently as possible by sharing in the carer’s family life.

Share your home and make a difference

The Oxfordshire Shared Lives Scheme supports carers to provide paid care and support in their own home to vulnerable adults of any age over 18 years.

People who use the service need practical and emotional support in order to live their lives more fully and independently and feel part of a family household. They may have a learning disability, physical disability or mental health need or they could be an older person or someone with dementia.

Here in Oxfordshire we are keen to recruit people from all walks of life who feel they can offer this type of paid support in their own home. It could be anything from occasional short breaks or daytime support through to a longer term full time arrangement. Shared Lives Carers help people to learn new skills, make friends, use community facilities and generally develop a sense of belonging both within the household and the wider community.

No matter what type of arrangement our carers provide, they all receive on-going support and training from a team of qualified social workers to ensure delivery of high quality, person centred care.

There are also regular opportunities to meet up with other carers and service users at social and information events, so a wider support network is also available.

If you are reading this and thinking this is something that you could do and you have a spare room to offer, then we really want to hear from you!

Call the Oxfordshire Shared Lives Scheme on 01865 897971 or visit our website for more information about the service.