More of us in the UK are living for longer than ever before. 18.2% of people are aged 65 and over and 2.4% are aged 85 and over.
The proportion of older people is likely to increase still further and increasing numbers of people are also living with complex conditions. Many more of us might need some support to live good lives and stay at home.
One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia, and there are 850,000 people with dementia in total, which will rise to a million in just over five years.
Shared Lives can help people with dementia live better lives and remain in their own homes for longer. Shared Lives carers are proven to provide crucial support not only to people living with dementia – but to their families too, particularly family carers. They are proven to reduce social isolation and the chance of breakdown for those carers and help increase their general wellbeing significantly.
People suffering from dementia experience increased independence, wellbeing and personal choice, and are less likely to experience isolation and confusion in when they have got to know their Shared Lives carer and maintain existing relationships and connections in the community.
“When Doug is out with Brandon it gives me peace of mind, a chance to catch up with household jobs and to stop and think. I have seen an improvement in Doug and I’m able to leave him for short periods of time in the day, without him becoming too anxious. I really wouldn’t want to be without Shared Lives.”