Shared Lives gives people with a learning or physical disability, mental health difficulties or other health or sensory disabilities the opportunity to live with a family in their home. The family shares their family life, interests and skills to help the person live as independently as possible.
The arrangement can be short or long term, and is often to enable a full time carer to have a break. The person being cared for could:
- live in their home all the time
- stay for a short break overnight, or at the weekend
- stay for a short break of a week or longer
- stay during the daytime only
We carefully match people who use this service with a suitable Shared Lives carer. We make sure carers have the support they need to welcome someone into their life, and check that the person using the service is well.
To be eligible to use the service you need to live in North Somerset and be over 18 years old or over 16 and in transition to adult services.