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Shared Lives

Lady smilingThe Shared Lives Scheme is an imaginative way of supporting vulnerable adults who have learning disabilities. It offers people aged over 18 a highly flexible form of care and support - an opportunity to live an ordinary life as part of the approved Shared Lives Carers, life in the community.

Shared Lives Carers and their families open their homes to provide people with a place to stay and the support they need. They can support people for short periods during the day, welcome people to stay in their home for short breaks, or provide a long-term home to someone who needs one. There are two Shared Lives Schemes in West Sussex: the Grace Eyre Foundation which mainly works in the Worthing area and the countywide West Sussex County Council scheme.

To make sure that people have the right knowledge, skills and qualities to be a Shared Lives Carer, the scheme recruits, assesses, supports, monitors and offers training. We are registered with the Care Quality Commission. We are inspected on an annual basis and have policies and procedures for Shared Lives Carers. These protect both the Shared Lives Carers and the customers they support.

People need to know that if someone comes to stay in their home it will be a positive experience for the person, the Shared Lives Carer and the household.

A maximum of three customers can be supported by Shared Lives Carers. The Shared Lives Carer uses their own home as a base. Depending on the needs of the customer requiring support, the Shared Lives Carer may support a person who holds or wishes to obtain a licence agreement.

Could you offer support?

Could you offer day-to-day care and support to an adult with physical disabilities, mental health problems, older people or a learning disability, in your own home?

If the answer is yes, our Shared Lives Scheme is looking for people who would like to become paid Shared Lives Carers. You would be looking after people in your own home, we are especially in need of Shared Lives Carers in the Horsham, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley and rural areas of the county.

Shared Lives Workers aim to match customers with the right Shared Lives Carer who will be able to meet their needs and provide ongoing training and support. Shared Lives Carers might do anything from helping with washing and dressing (personal care) and preparing food, to providing emotional support and taking someone to clubs and activities. Understanding people's needs and how to keep them safe are key skills, as is good communication and the ability to support somebody, emotionally and practically, in their daily life.

Sue M is a Shared Lives Carer. She has invaluable experience gained from many years working for the County Council. She says, "For the first three months, having two people living in my home was a big life change. But after that time I got used to it and now I would not change a thing – I absolutely love it."

Contact us

Please contact us if you want to find out more.

Email us Email: jo.braine@westsussex.gov.uk
Phone us Phone: 01444 254463
Fax us Fax: 01444 254465
Write to us

Write to:
WSCC Shared Lives Scheme c/o
Burnside, off Victoria Road
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 9LH


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