Home, family and friends; the most important things in life. Our Shared Lives service provides this for people who may otherwise live much more isolated and lonely lives.
Most people are familiar with the fostering model of care and support for children; shared lives is a similar service but for adults. Encompass recruits, trains and mentors paid carers from the comfort of their own home to work to support vulnerable adults.
Vulnerable adults may have specific support needs that could be a cause of learning or physical disabilities, frailty or dementia, autism and/or mental health.
What is the role of a Shared Lives carer?
Shared Lives carers give a helping hand with every day care and health needs. Examples include providing a routine, cooked meals, attending appointments, getting out in the community, or watching your favourite programme on TV.
Types of care
- Live-in support: the vulnerable adult becomes a part of the family by being involved in regular daily activities for a few months or years. This could also be a stepping-stone to more independent living.
- Temporary overnight support: the vulnerable adult would live with you for a few days or weeks.
- Day support: the vulnerable adult would visit you during the daytime to share interests and do activities together.
Carers provide their flexibility and availability and can even provide a service to more than one adult.
Who can be a Shared Lives carer?
We are on the hunt for positive people who have a big heart and want to give something back to their community all whilst working from the comfort of their own home. Apply now to start a fresh journey that’ll enrich your life like never before.
Carers come from all walks of life, all with different daily routines. You can become a shared lives carer if you are a single person, a couple, retired, studying or even a family with children.
It’s our job to match carers with suitable adults based on similar personalities, religion, interests and hobbies. Both parties have a choice and this is fundamental to the success of the service.
Some vulnerable adults will require 24/7 care and in this case, the shared lives carer must have space to accommodate them within their home, such as a spare room.
Shared Lives Values
- Inclusion in the carer(s) family or household
- Integration into the community
- Skill development and independence
- Privacy and respect
- Choice and decision-making
- Pursuit of the desired life
- Achieving personal goals
- Recognising equal rights for all individuals
As a self employed shared lives carer, you will be paid for the care and support you provide including generous tax-free allowances, a monthly rental component and a contribution towards your household costs.
If this sounds like the perfect role for you, and you are looking for a way to give back to your local community while being able to work from home, please fill in your details and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your shared lives journey!
The scheme works in accordance with the Health & Social Care Act 2008 & Regulated Activities regulations 2012 and Care Act 2014. The scheme is registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission to ensure that the scheme meets the regulations and standards required of a registered service and that the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.