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Shared lives

What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives is an alternative to traditional types of care and support. In Shared Lives a person lives, or stays, with a Shared Lives carer within the local community. The Shared Lives carer provides the care and support in their own family home and as part of their own family and community network.

People being supported in Shared Lives will move in with, or stay with, the Shared Lives carer in the carers family home. The person would become part of the carers extended family and be supported by the Shared Lives carer to live the life they choose.

Who can use Shared Lives?

In Islington, the Shared Lives scheme is available to adults with Learning disabilities. To receive a Shared Lives service, you need to be assessed as eligible by Learning Disability Services (ILDP). You can download the additional information at the bottom of the page for more information or speak to your allocated social worker.

Who are Shared Lives carers?

Shared Lives carers are ordinary people from the local community who choose to become Shared Lives carers. They are fully assessed and vetted before being able to provide a service and are regularly monitored and reviewed by the Islington Shared Lives scheme.

Shared Lives carers are paid for the support they provide and they all go through an approval process to ensure they are suitable for the role. This includes a thorough assessment of their care skills, home visits to ensure they can offer a safe and appropriate environment for caring, and criminal records checks.

Islington Shared Lives is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is subject to regular inspections. This ensures that Shared Lives carers are recruited and supported in an effective way to provide good quality and safe care and support.

How do I become a Shared Lives carer?

All of our Shared Lives carers are supported through an assessment process which can take around three months to complete. The process includes completion of an application form, vetting checks and references as well as DBS (criminal records check) and health checks. A large part of your assessment will be undertaken by home visits and you will then be presented to an independent approval panel. Don’t be put off by this, as our friendly team will be on hand throughout the process to help guide you through each step.

Download the information sheet at the bottom of the page to find out more about what being a Shared Lives carer is all about.

More information

To find out more about Shared Lives, or for an informal discussion about becoming a Shared Lives carer, please call 020 7527 7661 or email sharedlives@islington.gov.uk

For more information about Islington Shared Lives from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) please visit the CQC website.

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