27 Feb 2017

Lancashire’s ‘outstanding’ Shared Lives service launches search for new carers

Do you have family or friends who might be interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer?

We’re looking for people to join our ‘Outstanding’ Shared Lives service as a carer who could share their home with an adult who needs support?

The county council has this week launched a search for people who could offer a ‘family’ home to an adult living with a disability and unable to live independently.

 

The Shared Lives concept is similar to foster care, making a real difference to the lives of adults who need extra support.   Shared Lives carers work from their own homes to provide day care, short term respite or long term live in arrangements for adults who have social care needs.

 

Lancashire’s Shared Lives service is the largest in the country supporting 377 people in 288 households, with 227 of those receiving long-term care. The service was recently recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

 

The service supports 11% of the population of adults with a learning disability in the county and they are looking to expand the number of active carers who can offer long term placements across the county.

 

Shared Lives has been a huge success nationally and people being supported have said they feel more settled, valued and make friends more easily than with traditional types of care.

 

Our Shared Lives team do a fantastic job carefully making the best match between Shared Lives carers and the people they support. Being a Shared Lives carer can be challenging but they tell us it is so rewarding helping people to lead happy, healthy and enjoyable lives.

 

We need your help

If you know someone who might be interested in becoming a carer our friendly Shared Lives team will support them every step of the way. They will receive full training, regular support and a monthly financial allowance.

 

Find out more about Shared Lives on our website or contact the team for an informal chat on 01772 531326.  Please find attached a campaign poster which we would be grateful if you could display in public areas you may have access to.  If you would like copies posted to you, please reply to this email with your postal address and quantities you require.

 

Thank you for your support.

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