What do Shared Lives carers do?
As a Shared Lives carer, it’s your job to support people to meet their goals, in whatever ways they need you to. You can either support someone while they live in your house with you and your family, or you can support someone during the day only.
You might be supporting someone to:
Do practical things in everyday life like washing, going to the loo or eating
Look after their finances
Look after their baby
Get involved in their community
Make new friends
Travel the world
Get into education
Learn how to bake
Get their dream job
Start a new life addiction-free
Go out on their own for the first time
The possibilities are as unique as each of the people we support.
Learn more about supporting someone who lives at home with you.
Learn more about supporting someone for the day only.
Do Shared Lives carers have to provide personal care support?
Personal care support involves things like supporting someone to brush their hair, to wash, to go to the loo and other parts of taking care of ourselves like these. Not everyone who uses Shared Lives needs personal care support. You can decide if you'd be willing to learn how to provide personal care. Anyone who feels they want to provide this support as part of their service as a carer will be fully trained by us.
We match the people we support with our carers carefully, so we'll take this into consideration.
Find out more about how we match you with someone we support.
Read some FAQs about becoming a Shared Lives carer.
A job that fits around your life
Being a Shared Lives carer is really flexible. You can support up to three people, working hours that suit you and that fits around your family.
You can usually work as a carer alongside another job if you want to. Some carers start of supporting one person alongside another non-caring job, love being a Shared Lives carer and then gradually increase their hours supporting other people until they’re a full-time Shared Lives carer.
You’ll be self-employed, but we’ll be with you every step of the way and you’ll have your own personal team who will be there for you anytime you need us, even out of of office hours.