The 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
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
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
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."
Please contact us if you want to find out more.