Shared Lives - help for vulnerable adultsLast updated: 07 January 2014 15:32 UK
Shared Lives is a unique service managed by Portsmouth City Council for adults who need help because of a physical or learning disability or a mental health issue.
We provide them with accommodation in the homes of families and individuals for long stays, short stays or day support, and they share their hosts' family and community life.
Carers can provide help with tasks, for example personal care, preparing meals, helping to manage money, or supporting trips out into the community.
Shared Lives is registered with Care Quality Commission, and is available to any adult who has had an assessment completed by the council's adult social care or adult mental health services.
Below is more information for people interested in the Shared Lives scheme, both adults needing help with their daily lives and carers considering taking part in the scheme.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 023 92 776730.
Information for Shared Lives users
Shared Lives can offer you the opportunity to live in a family home where you will be made to feel part of the household.
You will have shared access to the home with other members of the family and up to possibly two other service users.
You will be supported to keep relationships with your friends and family. They will be able to visit you at your new home or you can continue to visit them if you wish.
It is important that your new carers have information about you and know what you like and dislike, what you can do and what you need help with. A member of the adult placement team will help you write a service user plan that tells your new carers all about you.
When you move in to your new home, a member of the Shared Lives team will visit you and your carers to find out how things are going. This will give you both a chance to talk about your feelings and whether you are happy or not.
Your carers will be able to help you with things that you need support with like going to the shops, the cinema, day services, or to work or college, washing and dressing, managing your money and preparing a meal.
Information for Shared Livers carers
If you have a spare room and could welcome a vulnerable adult to live as part of your family in a safe, homely environment then Shared Lives could be for you. The council needs more Shared Lives carers and welcomes carers from differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with varied skills and experience.
You don't have to be a homeowner, although tenants should ask their landlord's permission. Some Shared Lives carers continue working, but a carer's availability obviously influences who can be matched with them. We will also take into account any children living at home.
Support for Shared Lives carers
We ask you to share our commitment to protecting the people in shared lives and promoting their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
In return, we provide payment for each individual you support for the number of days' care and support provided, as well as:
- allocated team member - Shared Lives carers have an allocated member of the council team who will visit regularly, discuss issues as they arise, organise meetings and help identify training needs
- continuous support - phone support is provided by the Shared Lives team during office hours
- training - relevant work background is useful but not essential, because free training is given
- holidays - there is a holiday entitlement for providing someone with a long stay.
Can you become a Shared Lives carer?
You will first need to have a Criminal Records Bureau check and provide references. Then a member of the team will visit you and your family at your home, and you will be invited to both one-to-one and group training.