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About Shared Lives Plus

Shared Lives Plus is the UK network for family-based and small-scale ways of supporting adults. Our members are Shared Lives carers and workers, and Homeshare programmes. Shared Lives used to be known as Adult Placement.

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About Shared Lives

about shared lives coverShared Lives is a little known alternative to home care and care homes for disabled adults and older people. It is used by around 12,000 people in the UK and is available in nearly every area.

 

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What is Homeshare

Shared Lives Plus works with Homeshare schemes to develop common methods of working, research new areas of potential growth and campaign on issues which affect Homeshare. 

 

 

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Join Shared Lives Plus

You can join Shared Lives Plus either as a Scheme or as an individual carer. Use the buttons below to pick which suits you most.

Scheme Registration

Shared Lives carer Registration


Alternatively you can complete and return this membership form docCarer membership form 

Please see details of our Public Liability Insurance docPL Insurance information

Shared Lives in my area

Shared Lives plus has projects throughout the UK.

Find out more about Shared Lives Plus in your area.

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Shared Lives week 2015 - All About The Match

Shared Lives at the Heart of Health

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Shared Lives performs well in annual CQC State of Care Report

The health and care system is still providing 'good care' but struggling to cope with increasing demand and rising costs, according to the CQC's annual State of Care report released today. 

The report highlights the unique role of Shared Lives, a UK-wide approach which involves matching people who need care and support with carefully trained and approved Shared Lives carers who welcome others into their homes, either to live as part of a long term Shared Lives arrangement, for short breaks or for day support.

Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus says, “This year’s CQC report on the State of health and care in England once again shows that Shared Lives outperforms all other forms of regulated social care. 


The inspectors identify the reasons for this as: teams of staff and Shared Lives carers who are ‘dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated by achieving positive outcomes for people’, the matching process, which ensures that people get to know each other before deciding to share their lives and strong leadership and relationships with other services. 


Shared Lives carers are coming under increasing pressure in some areas from budget cuts. It is vital that local areas value and invest in Shared Lives services, so that the model continues to be a growing way for people to live well at the heart of their communities.”


The report highlights a high-performing Shared Lives service, which provides long-term arrangements, short breaks, day support and emergency care for adults with a range of support needs, within Shared Lives carers’ own homes.

A person who uses Shared Lives said:

“Shared Lives are amazing. This is my home and I am made to feel part of the family, they are really nice and friendly.”

One Shared Lives carer said:

“We wanted to see what [the person’s] potential could be. They have gone from doing almost nothing to being outgoing and making decisions for themselves, including where they want to go and who they want to see. It’s been amazing to see the transformation."

Nearly 14,000 people use Shared Lives across the UK, either living with their Shared Lives carer, or being supported through short breaks or day support. Shared Lives is also used as a stepping stone for someone to get their own place. The outcomes can be startling, with people reporting feeling settled, valued and like they belong for the first time in their lives. They make friends and get involved in clubs, activities and volunteering, often for the first time. Shared Lives is well-placed to help local authorities as they balance tightening budgets. For someone with learning disabilities, Shared Lives costs less than other forms of care; on average £26,000 a year less. 

Notes to Editors

Shared Lives Plus’s UK wide network of local, regulated Shared Lives schemes individually match trained and approved Shared Lives carers with people who need their support. There is a Shared Lives scheme in almost every local authority area.

A Shared Lives carer shares their home and family life with an adult who needs care or support to help them live well.

For more information contact :

Phoebe Rowell
Communications Manager
07392 313500

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