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Shared lives

What is the shared lives scheme?

Formerly known as adult placement, shared lives offers an alternative to residential care for vulnerable adults. Care and support is provided by trained and approved individuals, couples and families in various locations in the East Riding, usually in the carer's home. People who use the scheme are 'matched' to carers who are able to meet their support needs and have similar likes and interests.

The scheme can offer short breaks and longer term placements. A short break can be anything from an overnight stay, regular weekends, a week, or longer.

The scheme is regulated and inspected by the care quality commission (CQC).

Care quality commission (external website)

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How can I access the shared lives service?

To access the shared lives service you will need to have been assessed by someone in adult social care services.

If you have not already had an assessment from adult social care, and feel you may benefit from this service, you can contact the customer service network, who will put you in touch with the relevant team. 

Find your nearest customer service centre

Tel: 01482 393939.

Please see what the assessment process involves on the accessing social care page.

Any short breaks need to be arranged through the shared lives service. You cannot approach approved carers yourself.

There is a cost for the service – for short breaks, you will pay a fixed amount per night towards the fee. If you are in a longer term match, you will also make a contribution based on your income. The fees will be discussed at your assessment. 

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I am interested in becoming a shared lives carer. What do I do?

To become a carer, you will undergo a thorough process of assessment prior to approval, including a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure at enhanced level.

You do not necessarily need experience of caring, but you do need to be committed to the values of shared lives. Training is provided and the scheme provides on-going support to carers, including an annual review. The scheme is responsible for making placements and matches with carers.

Once matched carers will be expected to provide the person with a bedroom, meals, meet their care and support needs and include them in ordinary family life.

Carers are not employed by the council they are considered to be self employed.

If you are interested in becoming a carer, please contact the shared lives service on (01482) 881144.

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Is the service user able to meet the carers before a stay?

Before any match is made information about the carers and the person is shared. This information will include:

  • likes/dislikes
  • hobbies
  • interests
  • daily routines

It is possible to meet with several different possible carers prior to being matched, at this stage there is no obligation from either party to continue with the process.

If it does continue, the pace of the process will be determined by the service user and could take the form of visits, one or more overnight stays and then maybe a longer break.

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