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Shared Lives is a service in which someone with assessed needs aged 18 and over can be supported for a few hours, a few days, on an outreach, short break or longer term basis in the Shared Lives Carer’s home environment, in the community, or in the supported persons home. Our service offers an alternative to traditional care options such as residential care, respite or day centres. The service is flexible and supports people to access work, leisure activities and trips out providing outcome focused and bespoke support plans. The service also promotes positive opportunities for building authentic and supportive social networks.
- Luke O'Donnell
Gloucestershire Shared Lives, Gloucestershire County Council, Adult Social Care, Block 5, 3rd Floor, Shire Hall, Westgate Street
Shared Lives is a service where someone with assessed needs aged 18 and over can be supported for a few hours, a few days or live on a long-term basis with a Shared Lives carer in their home as part of the family. The service is flexible and is all about one household sharing their lives, families, home, Interests, experience and skills with other people who need some help and support to access the community and live their life to the full. Shared Lives services are for adults who have additional support needs. People might need extra support because they have a learning disability, physical disability, have a long term health condition, mental health problems, have needs relating to older age including dementia; they might have other needs – or any combination of the above. We work closely with our Shared Lives Carers, the people who use the service and supporting agencies. Our Carers are assessed, trained and supported by specialist staff who do the initial assessment and provide ongoing training, as well as setting up “matches” with people looking for services. Gloucestershire Shared Lives pride ourselves on our values. These values demonstrate what is important to the team, our carers, and the individuals supported through Shared Lives. https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/shared-lives/shared-lives-values/