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Shared Lives caring

Shared Lives caring may be an option for you if you enjoy living in a family environment.

If you have been assessed as being eligible for support from Social Services, one option may be for you to be supported to live or stay as part of the family of a paid carer. This is called Shared Lives caring. People who use this scheme may need support all of the time, or for just a few aspects of day-to-day living.

The length of stay with a family will be dependent on your needs; some Shared Lives placements are for a longer period, such as for months or even years. Alternatively it can be for an overnight stay or possibly a few days which can give you a short break, as well as any family member who might be caring for you.

There are a number of reasons why Shared Lives caring may be a good option for you:

  • you may just need a short break
  • your carer may have gone into hospital
  • you may have come out of hospital or some form of residential care but are not ready to go home yet - you may need some further short term support to help you recover and go home
  • you may have ongoing health issues, and may find other formal care services are restrictive or unable to meet your needs.

People supported by Shared Lives carers are at the centre of their arrangements and are encouraged to gain confidence and greater independence, develop skills and make lasting relationships while living or staying for short breaks, as part of the Shared Lives carers household. With Shared Lives caring, it is possible to call on extra support from the family when needed, but not to feel as restricted as with other forms of residential care.

If you have been assessed by Social Services and have been found to be eligible to receive a Direct Payment, you may be able to use it to arrange a Shared Lives placement.

Our Shared Lives provider, Ategi, has trained paid carers of all ages and backgrounds who will be matched with you in a way that suits your hobbies, interests and needs.

Prior to any placement, you would be able to meet the carers for a "tea visit" to see if you enjoyed their company and would like to stay. If at first Ategi are unable to find a suitable match for you with a family, they will try to always try to find a new family that is more suited to you.

Ategi is registered with  Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)Opens new window .

Your care manger will be able to give you more information about Shared Lives caring.

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