This accommodation is usually where up to a maximum of four people live in a rented property, which is usually owned or managed by a housing association, with their own bedroom but they share the living room, kitchen and bathroom with the other tenants. Staff can be on duty 24 hours per day or they may visit on a regular basis.
Supported Housing and Shared LivesPage last updated: 04 September 2019
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Shared lives schemes are designed to support adults with care and support needs.
Under these schemes vulnerable adults and an approved shared lives carer can live together in a way which allows the adult to receive the most appropriate care and support.
Shared lives schemes were previously known as adult placement schemes. They are an alternative to the traditional care offered to adults with support needs.
The shared lives schemes are regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (opens in a new window).
The shared lives schemes are designed for people who:
- need support to live in the community
- are over 18
- are eligible for social care services
This includes people who have:
- a learning disability
- a mental health issue
- difficulties due to their age
- a physical disability
- other disabilities or impairments which cause them to be vulnerable or at risk
What are the benefits of having a shared lives carer
Sharing a home, family and community life with a shared lives carer allows you to get to know your carer and create a trusted bond with the person who will consistently provide support for you.
You will have time to get to know your carer before you commit to receiving support from them. It is up to you to decide what type of support you want and for how long.
For further information on the Shared Lives Scheme visit the Council website (opens in a new window).