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Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:48

Authorities must consider Homeshare

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Authorities must consider Homeshare, says UK Social Care network, as innovative Housing approach shows major growth across the UK

 

An innovative approach that aims to help provide a solution to the housing crisis, and cut down on isolation has grown by almost a quarter in one year – according to a new national report published today.

The Homeshare Sector Report 2016, published by Shared Lives Plus demonstrates significant growth and innovation in Homeshare with several new delivery models specifically developed to support a wider range of participants.

In Homeshare, two unrelated people share a household for mutual benefit to both parties.

Typically, an older householder will be matched with a younger person and offer them a spare room. In return, the younger individual will provide an agreed amount of support to the householder in return for their accommodation.

The report shows how in the last year Homeshare schemes have advanced from being predominantly London based and are now operating in many key cities in the UK; showing an attraction and potential for growth across the country.

Homeshare is an extraordinary concept with numerous and wide ranging benefits for all involved.  These can include care leavers, people with learning disabilities and people with long term health conditions. The report shows a surge in successful Homeshare matches, rising by 23% to 222 matches across the UK.

The number of Homeshare schemes has also almost trebled nationwide in one year.

One key reason for this is The Homeshare Partner Programme, now in its second year; a £2 million programme developed by Lloyds Bank Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund to bring together a range of partners including; Shared Lives Plus, Age UK, the Foyer Federation and Social Care Institute for Excellence.

The aim is to support the establishment and development of eight new Homeshare schemes along with resources and support for the wider Homeshare network.

Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives and Homeshare said;

“Homeshare is rapidly becoming a real option to help areas solve housing challenges, and it’s great to see this expansion both geographically, and in terms of the number of people using it.”

The Homeshare model formally operates in 14 countries worldwide and has the potential to change the face of social care in the UK.

Alex added

 “Homeshare is internationally recognised in many countries across the globe. However, limited awareness of Homeshare in the UK means people who could benefit from Homesharing, are trying to access it at ‘crisis point’ when residential care might be a more appropriate option.”

In order to help overcome these challenges, Shared Lives Plus will be asking local authorities and agencies to recognise Homeshare as a viable option for housing strategy and policy decisions.

The Homeshare model helps an ageing population stay independently in their own homes longer, whilst providing affordable accommodation for younger people at a time of record housing shortages and high rents, and Shared Lives Plus believe this makes it a very attractive option for Housing, Health, and Local Authorities.

Elizabeth Mills, OBE DSC (HONS) from Homeshare International says: “It is extremely encouraging to see the developments in Homeshare UK which mean it is catching up with the rest of the world so that even more people will be able to benefit”

“Successful schemes in so many new areas aren’t  just part of a local story, but an international one too!”.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The Homeshare Sector Report Summer 2016 is available at: http://sharedlivesplus.org.uk/about-shared-lives-plus/home-share

For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Tim Moore, Communications Manager on 07881521269 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key Findings from the Homeshare report:

*Increased interest and significant growth in Homeshare with the number of schemes increasing from 8 to 23 and Homeshare matches increasing by 23% to 222 in the past 12 months.

*Homeshare has moved beyond London and now operates in many key cities across the country.

*Schemes are being increasingly innovative with a number of new delivery models specifically developed to support a wider range of participants including; care leavers, people with a learning disability and people with long term illnesses.

*There is novel thinking in relation to costing approaches with some schemes able to; offer reduced fees for Householders, utilise personal budgets and increase Homesharer financial contributions to the shared household expenses.

*There is an increase in the use of volunteers in the delivery of Homeshare.

*Safeguarding practice and process is robust and effective. There has been no reported safeguarding incident in a Homeshare scheme in the past 12 months.

About Homeshare

In Homeshare, someone who needs a small amount of help to live independently in their own home is matched with someone who has a housing need and can provide support and companionship.

Homeshare schemes arrange the matching process between the ‘Householder’, who typically owns their home but has developed some support needs or has become isolated or anxious about living alone, with the ‘Homesharer‘, typically a younger student or key public service worker who cannot afford housing.

Usually no rent is charged, but the household bills are shared, and in return the Homesharer will contribute 10 hours to help out around the house, for example by cooking meals, running errands, shopping trips and providing company. Homeshare works because a new relationship, designed to bring benefits to both people, is balanced with clarity and safeguards to protect everyone.

Press Release

13th April 2016

New report shows 27% growth and ½ bn savings potential by innovative, family-based healthcare model - as NHS launch £1.75m investment programme

Click here to download the State of Shared Lives in England 2016

-       NHS Chief backs innovative form of care

-       Model grows impressively despite overall sector cutting back

-       37,000 people could be using Shared Lives via targeted expansion programme, including thousands of Older People, and those with dementia and Mental Health support needs

The family-based Shared Lives model, in which an adult who needs support moves in with or regularly visits an approved Shared Lives carer, after they have been matched for compatibility, has been shown to be expanding and developing rapidly, and offering potential to save the public purse over half a billion pounds.

The State of Shared Lives in England 2016 shows that the Shared Lives  approach has already grown by 27% in two years, and has the potential to save over £1/2bn in the current public service spending review period.

Over the same 2 year period the wider social care sector has contracted by 7%.

The report has been published following a national announcement from NHS England, which you can read here. It states that the Shared Lives approach is to be demonstrated and scaled up as an NHS healthcare intervention in what Shared Lives Plus believe may be a world first.

The 11,500 people now shown to be using Shared Lives in England (13,000 in UK) either live with their carefully approved and chosen Shared Lives carer as part of the Shared Lives carer’s own household, or visit them regularly for day support or overnight breaks.

The growth is all the more striking as the social care sector shrunk by 7% during the last two years.

The report illustrates that if all areas reached the level of the best performing then an additional 37,000 people would be supported in Shared Lives – and the NHS funding has the potential to help take this even further.

Shared Lives has been commissioned by councils for 40 years as a social service for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, dementia and other support needs, and despite impressive growth in recent times, it is barely used as a health care intervention.

It is hoped that the newly announced NHS investment will move this model of care into the NHS mainstream, with funding and support being made available to local health trusts to enable:

  • People with learning disabilities to move out of medical institutions into ordinary family homes, as called for by numerous reports following the Winterbourne View abuse scandal
  • People recovering from strokes and other health crises to receive their step down care in a Shared Lives household, freeing up hospital beds.
  • Live-in mental health support including acute support as an alternative to hospital-based treatment.
  • Dementia support including day support and short breaks for family carers.
  • 6 - 10 areas to develop new NHS services on a match-funded basis. Two regions where there is most interest in the model will receive extra support as ‘accelerator regions’.

Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus said:

 

“The figures shown in the State of Shared Lives in England report show how Shared Lives is fast becoming recognised as an excellent, high quality and value option for local councils and, more importantly, people looking for support, so we are delighted to be working in partnership with the NHS to bring this model of care into the Health arena too”

“We already see staggering health outcomes from people visiting or living in their chosen Shared Lives arrangement, because Shared Lives carers have the time and space to get to know people really well, understanding not only what they need but also what they are capable of doing for themselves. This partnership is a fantastic opportunity for the NHS to develop a world-leading approach to community based support, which will help people live good lives, but will also save millions from under-pressure NHS budgets.”

NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens said

“Shared Lives is a real world example of the kind of highly cost-effective community and people-centred healthcare approaches which I believe will play a much bigger part in the NHS of the future, as more care moves out of hospitals. Whether it is helping someone with a learning disability to build a full life with a network of friends and family, or enabling an older person to recover from an operation in the peace and quiet of a familiar and welcoming environment, Shared Lives challenges assumptions about what kinds of healthcare can be delivered in an ordinary family home.”

 

Shared Lives is increasingly well placed to offer a wide ranging solution to support in the NHS, with the report showing a diverse and developing base of people accessing Shared Lives beyond its traditional role in supporting people with Learning Disabilities. The last year saw growth in Mental Health of 17% Learning Disabilities 15%, Dementia 48%, Physical Impairment  112%, and Older People 22%.

The report also shows how Shared Lives is leading the way in terms of quality and safety – with recent Care Quality Commission inspections showing that in 20 inspections, 2 schemes have been rated “outstanding” and the rest “good”* – a record that compares very favourably with other forms of care.

 

ENDS

*Latest overall figures in the report show 2 Outsnading, 22 good, 1 requires improvement

 

  1. A copy of the report is attached
  2. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Tim Moore, Communications Manager at Shared Lives Plus on 07881 521269
  3. The State of Shared Lives in England 2016 was compiled via a survey of England’s 125 Shared Lives schemes. Shared Lives is however available in all nations of the UK, with around 13,000 people supported across the UK
  4. Shared Lives saves authorities on average £26,000 per person per year for someone with a Learning Disability support need and £8,000 for someone with a mental health support need compared with traditional approaches
  5. You can find out more about Shared Lives at www.sharedlivesplus.org.uk

 

Monday, 11 April 2016 09:01

NHS England backs Innovative Care Initiative

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PRESS RELEASE

MONDAY 11 APRIL 2016

 

NHS England backs innovative care initiative

NHS England has today announced a £1.75m investment in an innovative family-based initiative to help more people to be cared for in a home, not a hospital. 

The Shared Lives model will support people who have needs which make it hard for them to live on their own, by carefully matching them with a carer to share their family and lives, giving care and support in the community.

People using the scheme may have learning disabilities, dementia, mental health problems or other needs which require long or short term support. It will offer them the opportunity to either live with their matched and approved Shared Lives carer, or visit them regularly for day support or overnight breaks.

This new investment from NHS England will mean funding and support is being made available to Clinical Commissioning Groups to enable:

  • People with learning disabilities to move out of medical institutions into ordinary family homes
  • People recovering from strokes and other health crises to receive their step down care in a Shared Lives household
  • Live-in mental health support including acute support as an alternative to hospital-based treatment
  • Dementia support including day support and short breaks for family carers

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, said:

“Whether helping someone with a learning disability to build a full life with a network of friends and family, or enabling an older person to recover from an operation in the peace and quiet of a familiar environment – people naturally value care and support in a loving family home. That’s why Shared Lives is an example of the kind of community and people-centred approach which needs to play a much bigger part in the NHS of the future."

 

Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus said:

“We already see staggering health outcomes from people visiting or living in their chosen Shared Lives arrangement, because Shared Lives carers have the time and space to get to know people really well, understanding not only what they need but also what they are capable of doing for themselves. This partnership is a fantastic opportunity for the NHS to develop a world-leading approach to community based support, which will help people live good lives, but will also save millions from under-pressure NHS budgets.”

Some NHS commissioners and providers already commission Shared Lives, but NHS England have now invested £1.75m in start-up and development funding, which will enable 6 - 10 areas to develop new NHS services on a match-funded basis. Two regions where there is most interest in the model will receive extra support as ‘accelerator regions’.

ENDS

 

 

Notes for Editors:

1.      For more information about Shared Lives please contact Tim Moore, Communications Manager at Shared Lives Plus on 07881 521269 or 0151 227 3499. 

2.      NHS England media team can be reached on 0113 825 0958 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3.      There are around 13,000 people in the UK supported in Shared Lives arrangements (The State of Shared Lives in England, 2016)

4.      Compared with traditional approaches such as residential care, the average Shared Lives arrangement saves £26,000 per person, per year for an individual with Learning Disabilities and £8,000 per person, per year for an individual with Mental Health support needs. Figures from Investing in Shared Lives, 2013, an independent report by social investment experts, Social Finance.

5.      Shared Lives Plus is the national membership organisation for Shared Lives schemes and Shared Lives carers

Biggest ever report into Shared Lives in Wales launched at major NHS Conference

 

Shared Lives Plus today launched the first ever Wales “State of Shared Lives” report, at the NHS Confederation conference in Cardiff.

“State of the Nation, Shared Lives Cymru” uses data from Wales’s 9 Shared Lives schemes which cover all local authority areas in Wales. It also includes stories from Shared Lives carers to get a picture of the Shared Lives sector across Wales, and provide a baseline for future growth and development in the coming years.

The report shows that there are almost 1000 people living in Shared Lives arrangements and over 650 Shared Lives carers. Other highlights include that 12% of people using Shared Lives in Wales are older people or people with dementia, showing a sector diversifying its support.

The report with provide the basis for Shared Lives Plus’s work with Welsh Shared Lives schemes and the Welsh Government to help develop Shared Lives as part of a government funded project beginning in April 2016. It includes a foreword from Welsh Government Minister, Mark Drakeford AM.

The approach mirrors that which has been undertaken in recent years in England and Scotland and it represents the most comprehensive picture yet of Shared Lives across Wales.

Anna McEwen, Director of Support and Development at Shared Lives Plus said;

“This report shows both the successes and the potential of Shared Lives in Wales. The findings show a strong, wide ranging and growing Shared Lives sector, but with opportunities to expand and diversify further.

“By delivering on its recommendations Shared Lives can support more people to live good lives across Wales and be part of a solution to the challenges that Social Care and the NHS face.”

Anna added

“It’s particularly appropriate that we are launching the report at the NHS confederation conference in Wales. Shared Lives can play a significant role in tackling the challenges the NHS faces, both in reducing necessary medical interventions and visits to A&E and providing an effective Home from Hospital option too”

Copies of the report are available here WELSH__Low_Res_Shared_Lives_Cymru__2016.pdf ENGLISH__Low_Res_Shared_Lives_Cymru__2016.pdf

National Charity Shared Lives Plus appoints former ADASS President as new Chair

Former President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Richard Jones CBE has been appointed Chair of the national charity, Shared Lives Plus.

Shared Lives Plus in the UK network for approaches to Shared Living, promoting the innovative and growing Shared Lives model of care and support, and Homeshare.

Richard has national leadership experience as a former NHS and Social Care Director, and President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (2010/11). He has also been Director of Adult Social Care in Lancashire.

Richard will lead a board of trustees overseeing an organisation seeking to double the size of the Shared Lives sector over 5 years, following grant support from Nesta, the Cabinet Office, NHS England and The Big Lottery Fund.

Shared Lives Plus has similar ambitions across all nations of the UK and also has support from the Welsh Government to develop Shared Lives.

Richard said:

“I’m delighted to be taking on this role at such an exciting and important time for Shared Lives and Homeshare.”

 

“My commitment stems in large part from the people I have been privileged to meet in my many roles for whom a family, love and care has made such a difference.”

 

“I know in my own life that it is my family, my relationships and being accepted and loved that gives my life meaning. I am determined that this should be the experience of so many more people who need care and support services.”

 

“I invested in Shared Lives in Lancashire when I was working there and I am proud about the way that scheme has grown and developed as one of the largest in England. I hope to be part of a team delivering similar growth across the country.”

Richard added:

“I am honoured to take on the role of Chair of Shared Lives Plus and build on the work of Nancy Plowes”.

 Richard is also a Trustee with Anchor, Scope and Carers UK. He also helped create and Chair the Think Local, Act Personal Partnership.

Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus said;

“We are delighted that Richard has been appointed, at what is a crucial time for the Shared Lives sector as we seek to build on the spectacular growth achieved over the last two years, and develop the model in areas where access to Shared Lives is lagging behind. Through Richard’s expertise and commitment I am confident that we can make sure that thousands more people have the opportunity to live good lives in good places, whilst at the same time playing a significant role in tackling the challenges that the Social Care system faces”

ENDS

 

Inclusive Change, the national partnership set up to help people “live good lives in good places”, and its partners, have today launched a report, Collaborative Healthcare, showing how small-scale community projects are already delivering major health benefits and savings in communities across the UK.

Alex Fox, of Inclusive Change member, Shared Lives Plus, said, “Last month in his Comprehensive Spending Review, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced a £10bn funding package for the NHS.  We believe that the NHS now needs to invest in innovations which have often been developed by social and community care organisations, but which also have huge potential as new approaches to healthcare. Often these models involve health professionals letting families and communities take the lead, with the professionals providing their expert input and back up when it’s needed”.

One example of how small scale local intervention is already delivering dramatic health improvements is the Derby based “Local Area Coordinators” (LAC) projects.

Local Area Co-ordinators work autonomously, getting know people at risk of requiring formal services and helping them connect with their communities and the full range of formal and informal sources of support.

By working together they were able to focus on an individual’s main priorities, in the case of one resident; to get out of his flat, make some friends, and help other people and to feel safe, secure and more confident.


An evaluation by Derby City showed this approach saved or avoided costs of £800k.

Ralph Broad of Inclusive Neighbourhoods said:

“Local Area Coordination and the other examples contained in this report show how communities are key to people with developing healthcare needs can stay strong, connected to others and resilient, which in turn reduces the demand for expensive medical care.”

The report also calls on CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) to promote the involvement of patients and carers in decisions about their care or treatment through developing the controversial personal health budgets initiative alongside an equal focus on building new community-based interventions and a new health and care workforce.

Sian Lockwood OBE of Community Catalysts said,

“The NHS needs to move to making sure that choice in care isn’t simply about individuals having control of budgets – it is about having new options available too. Decisions need to involve individuals, families and communities – with a greater focus on collective strengths and capacity rather than simply focusing on needs. The examples in this report are a clear indication of how many health interventions can be delivered in a way which results in individuals and their families being better informed, more connected to those around them, and more resilient. When this happens results are often better, and savings achieved too.”

The report, ‘Collaborative Healthcare, Supporting CCGs and HWBs to support integrated personal commissioning and collaborative care’ is available at www.sharedlivesplus.org.uk

You can see the full report here

The Inclusive Change Partnership includes Community Catalysts, In Control, Inclusive Neighbourhoods, Inclusion North and Shared Lives Plus. The partnership worked with NHS England; Think Local, Act Personal; the Coalition for Collaborative Care, and user led org CHANGE in producing this report.

Case Studies

Local Area Coordination

Each Local Area Coordinator provides support to 50-65 individuals or families. A LAC works autonomously, getting to know people ar risk of requiring formal services and helping them connect with their communities and the full range of formal and informal sources of support.

“Mr B was introduced to his local LAC in Derby by the Older People Mental Health Team Care Co-Ordinator. He is a 69 year old man, with a history of depression, suicide attempts and hospital admission. Although physically healthy, Mr B spent most of his time in his flat, which made him feel lonely, isolated and depressed.

The Local Area Co-ordinator took time to get to know Mr B, to find out what was important to him and explore what a good life looked like to him.

Together they were able to focus on Mr B’s main priorities: to get out of his flat, makes some friends, to help other people, and to feel safe, secure and more confident.

An evaluation by Derby City Council showed saved or avoided costs of £800K in the first two locations in the first year whilst operating at 40% capacity.

Case Study 2

Connecting Communities and the HELP project

Connecting Communities (C2) was commissioned by Thanet CCG to work in Newington in Ramsgate, a predominantly Social Housing Estate with a population of 6000 which featured in the top 5% of the indices of multiple deprivation.

Street-level work helped build a resilient – led partnership within 6 months which now leads on using the big lottery funding which had been awarded to the community. Residents have decided what to focus on: visually transforming green spaces and tackling rubbish management, whilst also improving the uptake of smoking and weight loss interventions with a 75% success rate within the group of local participants.

The initial cost was some £75,000 over two years with an estimate NHS saving of £550,000 across 3 neighbourhoods over 3 years.”

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Tim Moore or Laura Caveney in the Communications Team at Shared Lives Plus on 0151 227 3499

Case study 3

Shared Lives

‘Alan’, 23, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, had moved between several expensive ‘out of area’ services, after his family and then a local residential service had found his behaviour and excessive drinking too challenging to manage. When he met the South Tyneside Shared Lives scheme, Alan said, “I hate it here and want to get out”. Alan was carefully matched with approved Shared Lives carers and lived with them successfully for 12 months, accessing community education and rebuilding relationships within his community. Alan’s move to a Shared Lives household saved £49,000 before his successful move to his own tenancy, with occasional support, reduced the cost of his support still further.

 

 

Embargoed until Tuesday 10th November 2015

 

Shared Lives Plus, the UK Network for Shared Lives and Homeshare, is today (Tuesday) launching a new ambassador programme for those living in Shared Lives households to have their say and encourage more people to access Shared Lives.  

Shared Lives is the innovative model of care that sees ordinary people open up their homes, their families and their communities to vulnerable adults and young people over 16. Traditionally Shared Lives has supported people with Learning Disabilities, but the approach is an increasingly accessible option for people with age related issues and dementia, mental health needs and victims of domestic violence.

 

Embargoed until 00.01 Wednesday 11th September

  • Minister of State Alistair Burt to speak at conference on alternative care approach that has grown by 14% this year

  • Shared Lives set to provide possible solution to reduction of hospital beds for people with autism and learning disabilities

  • West Midlands already has 800* individuals living in Shared Lives with plans for expansion


The city of Birmingham is today (Wednesday) hosting a major UK conference to promote a growing and innovative form of Social Care.


Shared Lives sees individuals with a support need given support or care in the home of a Shared Lives carer. Birmingham itself has a fast developing Shared Lives offer, with 2 schemes in the city, and over 800 people using the service across the West Midlands region.

 

Thousands of vulnerable adults offered homes with local families as part of innovative social care scheme

Embargoed until: 00.01 Wednesday 20th May 2015

As the care crisis continues to hit social services, a unique scheme that sees ordinary people open up their own homes and family lives to support vulnerable adults and young people has grown rapidly. The Shared Lives approach, which helps people with complex needs, has seen demand for its services grow by 14% in the last year.

Thousands of vulnerable adults offered homes with local families as part of innovative social care scheme

Embargoed until: 00.01 Wednesday 20th May 2015

As the care crisis continues to hit social services, a unique scheme that sees ordinary people open up their own homes and family lives to support vulnerable adults and young people has grown rapidly. The Shared Lives approach, which helps people with complex needs, has seen demand for its services grow by 14% in the last year.

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Contact the shared Lives Plus Communications Team who will be happy to help you.

 

Tim Moore
Communications Manager

Phone: 07881 521269
Email: tim@sharedlivesplus.org.uk 

 

 

 

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