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Shared Lives

Shared Lives places people (aged 16 and over and who need care and support) with approved carers who care for them in their family home.  

This scheme covers Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  

Placements can be long-term, short-term, respite or day support.  

There are many opportunities for Shared Lives carers and people using the scheme to meet and get to know each other before any placement goes ahead.  

The scheme is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission.  

Shared Lives is for people who:  

  • have a learning disability 
  • have mental health concerns 
  • have a physical disability 
  • are an older person who needs care and support 
  • have dementia have complex needs.

People are referred to the scheme by their social care worker.  

Shared Lives carers  

Shared Lives carers are recruited, assessed and approved by the Shared Lives team. Carers are continually given support and training, and placements are monitored by the team.  

Carers are self-employed and paid for the service they provide, as well as household costs and rent.  

Great care is taken to match the people using the scheme with appropriate carers and to provide support for carers to maintain positive and quality placements.  

The scheme always welcomes interest from potential new Shared Lives carers.

Emma and Jake's Shared Lives story

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Contact us  

For more information, email or call 01202 096 655.