Adult Social Care - Shared Lives

Assessment & Referral

Service users’ needs are determined through a social care needs assessment prior to the referral to the Shared Lives service. Referrals for Shared Lives are only accepted through completion of the Shared Lives referral form (completed by the service user's Social Care Worker).

The Shared Lives team matches service users with compatible, approved Shared Lives carers according to their assessment needs and wishes and arranges introductory visits and trial arrangements. The Shared Lives team ensures that information given to carers and service users and representatives is accurate and current to enable all parties to make informed decisions. The Shared Lives worker ensures that the service user and Shared Lives carer understand the matching can be stopped or delayed any time to meet everyone’s needs.

During the assessment the Shared Lives Team will provide information to prospective Shared Lives carers including:

  • Information about Shared Lives plus.
  • Relevant Guidance documents.
  • Information about Carer Agreement, fees and payment methods.

For more information regarding the approval process for prospective carers, or if you need more information on referral process for individuals please contact the Shared Lives Team on 01983 293092, alternatively you can use the 'send a message to service' found in the contact tab above.