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Shared Lives service

Shared Lives service is where households share their lives, families, home, interests, experience and skills with people who need some help and support to live their lives to the full.

Care takes place in the homes of a local family, or using their home as a base

The person is welcomed as a member of the family and supported by a Shared Lives carer, who is checked, approved, trained and monitored by the Shared Lives service.

Shared Lives focuses on what the person wants and needs to live their life and fulfil their ambitions. It is tailored to the individual person and delivered by local people in their own communities.

Shared Lives can support people with:

  • longer term accommodation and support
  • short breaks (respite)
  • home from hospital care
  • part-time support as a stepping stone into living by yourself
  • daytime help and activities

Shared Lives carers help people with:

  • learning disabilities
  • mental health conditions
  • physical and sensory disabilities
  • dementia
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • age-related disabilities

Frequently asked questions

The Shared Lives service is registered with and inspected by the Social Care Regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). To find out more visit

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