Adult Social Care - Shared Lives

Overview

Shared Lives will be launched on the Isle of Wight by February 2018.  Managed by the Isle of Wight Council, Shared Lives will offer an innovative, non-institutional alternative approach for individuals in need of care and support.

The Scheme will recruit comprehensively assessed carers who will use their own home as a resource in order to support individuals. The person they support will participate in the day to day life of the carer’s household. As well as providing high quality, regulated, care Shared Lives enables individuals to build a full life in their local community and contribute to it.

Shared Lives will offer long term care and support, respite and flexible day support to anyone over the age of 18 with a learning disability, autism, physical disability, sensory impairment or mental health condition.

The aims of Shared Lives are to:

  • Give individuals the opportunity to live with a Shared Lives carer, long or short term, as valued members of the carer’s household and their local community.
  • Provide person centred homes for disabled adults that are supportive, safe,  clean and comfortable.
  • Ensure that all Shared Lives carers provide a warm, caring environment where a person can receive their individual care and support in line with their person centred support plan.
  • Provide a service that promotes choice and independence.
  • Provide a service that is flexible and sensitive to the needs of those we serve.

 

The Scheme will be looking for Shared Lives carers from all walks of life and backgrounds and welcomes contact from island residents over the age of 18 if they have a home that they own or rent with a spare bedroom as well as “spare room in their lives”.   

Shared Lives carers will receive a standard fee in exchange for the care and support provided to meet the desired outcomes for the individual placed with them. For example, A Shared Lives carer supporting someone with low level needs would receive a starting payment of £155.40 per week for a long term arrangement.

If you would like to know more about Shared Lives, either as a Shared Lives carer, or as an individual looking for an alternative and creative approach for your care and support needs, please contact the Shared Lives Team: