Long term care
This is where a person needing support would live with a carer in their home and be a part of the family environment on a longer-term basis. This maybe a step towards living more independently or it may be an alternative to long term residential care. Our Shared Lives carers need to be able to offer a supportive, safe and welcoming home with a least one spare bedroom.
For people who need occasional or regular breaks which include some care and support in a home-from-home setting. This could be anything from one night to a couple of weeks in order to give full time carers a much-needed break. It could be a day-time break, a long weekend or can be up to a 28 day stay. Many of our carers try this first as a 'taster' of long-term care.
Shared days (day support service)
Open to anyone who needs care and support during the day. Day support is delivered by registered Shared Lives carers using their home as a base. Carers can support service users on a one-to-one basis or set up a 'friendship group' offering support for up to 3 service users for one session. A friendship group may include setting up social activities and using your home as a base. Carers are expected to offer a minimum of one 4-hour session per week which could be during the day, on an evening or at the weekend
A carer will offer emergency support at short notice. This maybe for a few hours or could include overnight stays, as such you will need to be able to offer a spare room.