Get care, support and be part of a family and a community by living with a Shared Lives carer in their own home.
Shared Lives matches an adult who has care needs with an approved Shared Lives carer. Shared Lives can be set up to provide day support, respite care, kinship, short term or long term care.
What is Shared Lives?
These carers share their family and community life, and give care and support to the adult with care needs. Some people live with their Shared Lives carer, while others might be daytime visitors or stay for shorter periods of time.
Shared Lives users have learnt household tasks, gone on their first holiday, started dating again and almost all made new friends.
“Barnet are doing such a fantastic job in organising the Shared Lives scheme. The carer chosen for my mother was perfect for her. Mum stayed with the carer for five days and was very happy there. I cannot tell you how much this helped me out.”
Daughter of Barnet Shared Lives scheme service user
Find out more
There are two ways you can find out if a Shared Lives arrangement would suit you.
- If you know anyone who would benefit from the scheme or who would like to be a Shared Lives carer, or for more information, please contact Social Care Direct by email email@example.com or phone 020 8359 5000.
- If you already have a care plan and a social worker. Speak to your social worker. As part of your social care assessment you can consider Shared Lives as one of your options.
Shared Lives scheme for Barnet is managed on behalf of Harrow Council but you should speak to us first about an assessment.
Carers are carefully vetted and trained, and the scheme is monitored by the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest level of care in people’s homes.
Andy's Shared Lives arrangement
Andy, a Barnet resident with mild learning disabilities, needs constant support in the home and is looked after by relatives. In 2016, her family developed health concerns and needed help with Andy’s care.
We set up a Shared Lives arrangement for Andy where she was able to spend 2 days and a night away from home every 5 weeks. This break worked out great for Andy and her relatives, who are now after 17 years, able to get some much needed rest.
Andy has begun to develop a long lasting relationship with her Shared Lives carer and she is now working towards moving to a long term placement!
Khalid's Shared Lives arrangement
Khalid is a young man who after his third stroke was unable to live alone in his flat. His social worker was hopeful that he would not end up in a nursing home at such a young age and looked into setting up a Shared Lives arrangement for him instead.
Khalid was matched with a family originally from the same city in Pakistan as his own family. Being able to talk to the Shared Lives carers in his first language gave Khalid a real sense of support and helped him to feel he was receiving the same kind of support that he would have from his own family.
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