Adult Social Care - Shared Lives

Support, personal development and reviews

Shared Lives carers are supported by a named Shared Lives worker. Our Shared Lives workers are all skilled and experienced and are all very familiar with all aspects of Shared Lives.

Our Shared Lives workers get to know carers really well. Just as Shared Lives is a very flexible and personalised service, we try to ensure that our support is also very flexible, friendly and informed, and that when you need us, we always respond as soon as we can. Shared Lives workers may be involved with:

  • Making initial visits to prospective new Shared Lives carers and individuals wishing to be supported by Shared Lives.

  • Telephone and email support during normal office hours (Monday to Thursday 8.30 to 5.00pm and Friday 8.30 to 4.30).

  • Undertaking assessments of people who have applied to become Shared Lives carers, through home visits, checks and references.

  • Matching individuals with Shared Lives carers.

  • Working with individuals and Shared Lives carers to develop support and goal plans to meet the individual’s needs and outcomes.

  • Visiting Shared Lives carers and individual’s to see how things are going, offering support and guidance.

  • Organise training, social events and support groups.

  • Liaise with Adult Social Care about any aspect of the individual’s wellbeing during the arrangement.

As you will be approved for your role under the Isle of Wight Shared Lives Scheme we will have a responsibility to make sure you meet the Care Quality Commission standards for Shared Lives arrangements. As well as home visits, you will participate in an annual review, where we will look at all the information gathered from:

  • The person you care for.

  • Their family/representative.

  • Their Social Care Worker.

  • Other important people in their life.

We will use this information to develop your training needs for the following year.

Shared Lives Training

Shared Lives carers are professional paid carers, who work from home.  As such, maintaining and developing knowledge and skills is an important part of their role.

All Shared Lives carers are taken through some training as part of the assessment and approval process.

All Shared Lives carers are taken through some training that is mandatory post approval. This includes Safeguarding, Basic Life Support, Equality & Diversity, Mental Capacity Act and Medication Management. Bespoke training may be provided in order to ensure the Shared Lives carer meets the needs of the individual. Attending training does not incur any payment to the Shared Lives carer and all of our training is free to attend.

Currently Shared Lives carers are not required to have any formal qualifications, although it is a requirement for all Shared Lives carers registered with the Isle of Wight Shared Lives Scheme to complete a Skills & Knowledge Progress Workbook.