Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus said: “We welcome this additional power being given to CQC and particularly that the process which will determine how special measures is applied will be developed jointly with representative bodies from the care sector, including Shared Lives Plus, in partnership with people using services and their carers.”
“Much of the focus on the new approach has understandably centred on its application within the care home sector. However the powers apply across all areas of home based care too. Residential care is only one option for people in need of support, with alternatives such as Shared Lives already offering improved outcomes and a good quality of life for 12,000 people in the UK. The new framework will allow us to continue to drive and develop a diverse social care sector that focuses on quality as well as personal choice and community.”
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Shared Lives Plus is the UK network of family-based or very small scale care, support and inclusion approaches for disabled or older people. Our membership of 4,800 includes Shared Lives carers and local Shared Lives schemes.
In Shared Lives, an adult (and in some cases 16 or 17 year old) who needs support and/or accommodation moves in with or regularly visits an approved Shared Lives carer, after they have been matched for compatibility. Together, they share family and community life. In many cases the individual becomes a settled part of a supportive family, although Shared Lives is also used as day support, as breaks for unpaid family carers, as home from hospital care and as a stepping stone for someone to get their own place.