Shared Lives is an innovative form of social care based around sharing home and family life. In Shared Lives, a Shared Lives carer shares their home and family life with an adult who needs care or support to help them live well. Local, regulated Shared Lives schemes individually match trained and approved Shared Lives carers with people who need their support. In Shared Lives, the goal is an ordinary family life, where everyone gets to contribute, have meaningful relationships and are able to be active, valued citizens.
Shared Lives Plus is the national membership body for Shared Lives carers and schemes offering support to members to ensure the quality of service, with everyday issues around guidance, good practice, and regulation and with tools, resources and hands on support to diversify the service they provide.
Find out more about the Homeshare initiative and see if there's an organisation that supports the project in your area and watch the short video above to meet Florence and Alexander, two housemates with a 68 year old age gap.