The Shared Lives Scheme is available to any vulnerable adult over 18 years old who meets Cheshire East Council’s eligibility criteria. To find out if you are eligible request an assessment
If you are eligible the service can offer you long-term respite or day support either in your own home or within the Shared Lives carer's family home.
You can either live with the family permanently, or go to stay with them for overnight short breaks, or for a few hours per week.
Contact us if you would like to become a Shared Lives carer.
What do Shared Lives do?
Shared Lives provide;
- intermediate support - where the customer lives with the Shared Lives carer as a member of their family
- respite support - short breaks for the customer and respite for the family carer
- sessional support - support in the Shared Lives Carer's home or in the community
How could Shared Lives help me?
Shared Lives may offer you
- somewhere to live
- somewhere to stay for a short break
- somewhere to go for daytime support
- some support within your own home
How will I be involved in choosing what's best for me?
- We will ask you about your preferred location, your educational needs, your cultural background, your social opportunities, your personality and your interests
- We will do some work in the background to try and find someone who can best meet your needs
- We will tell you when we find someone that might be right for you
- We will help you to meet them to ensure that you feel comfortable
- You may need to meet a few different people before we find the right one for you, but we will always support you with this
You can contact the Shared Lives team if you would like to have an informal discussion before you contact social care.
Shared Lives is registered with the Care Quality Commission.
Do you want to be a Shared Lives carer?
If you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer please contact the Shared Lives team
Experience is not essential as we provide training and on-going support and supervision.
All our workers are subject to an approval process; this involves individual assessment, DBS check, references, medical checks and induction training sessions.