Whilst Shared Lives is often used as a long term support, it is increasingly being made available as a short breaks (sometimes known as respite) option to complement other arrangements. In Short Breaks Shared Lives arrangements a person will stay with a Shared Lives carer from one night to several weeks. Short breaks are usually accessed by people using long term Shared Lives arrangements, to have a break from staying with their main Shared Lives carer. They are also being increasingly used by family carers, as an alternative to traditional respite.
Shared Lives can also be used as day support, where a person receives support from a Shared Lives carer during the day. Part of the support will be provided at the Shared Lives carer’s home and then the person will be supported to access activities of interest in the local community.