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Shared Lives scheme

Shared Lives offers a community based alternative to other forms of care for people that need support.

The Shared Lives scheme arranges accommodation and support to vulnerable adults in the homes of carefully chosen people living in the community. Shared Lives service users reside and are supported in the homes of our Shared Lives carers and live as a member of their family. Shared Lives promotes independence and encourages service users to grow and be members of the community.

Shared Lives can be in the form of short breaks (like respite care) or long term arrangements where someone will stay with the family for potentially many years.

Who can use Shared Lives

The Shared Lives service is open to anyone who is over the age of 18 and requires support from another person in their day to day lives. The level of support required can range from people who need constant support to people who just need to know there is someone around. Our service users are people with a mental illness, physical disability, older people and people with learning disabilities or brain injury.

Becoming a Shared Lives carer

Ategi is the provider of the scheme for South Gloucestershire. Ategi aims to provide high quality, individual support to people within the ordinary homes of carefully chosen and trained shared lives carers.

All of our Shared Lives carers are assessed and DBS checked. Ategi provide full, comprehensive training to all of our carers as well as ongoing support. Ategi staff carefully match service users and carers to be compatible with each party’s requirements and limitations.

Anyone can become a Shared Lives carer: single people, couples, families with or without children can all apply to support someone in their own home. All we ask is that you have a spare room (for the service user to live in) and that you have the desire and time to care for someone.

Shared Lives carers will receive payment whenever someone is staying with them. The amounts will vary depending on the kind of support that is provided. They will also have a named scheme co-ordinator who will provide ongoing support and will check how things are.

If you think there is someone who could use Shared Lives then get in touch with their social worker.

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