I work with a team of Development Officers supporting local Shared Lives schemes to diversify into offering services for groups of people Shared Lives hasn’t traditionally worked with. This includes young people aged 16-18 in transition, older people and people living with dementia and other adults who are socially excluded through difficulties with mental health, substance and alcohol abuse and ex-offenders.
I lead on the work with older people and part of my role is to explore what Shared Lives can offer to older people who need support, especially those living with dementia. This includes looking at Intermediate Care where an older person may need short term support after a stay in hospital, re-ablement and how we can support family and unpaid carers. With the continuing roll out of the personalisation agenda for older adults, Shared Lives has the opportunity to offer an alternative to traditional day and residential care through live in arrangements, short breaks and day services.