Adult Social Care - Shared Lives

What is Shared Lives and how is it regulated

The Isle of Wight Council is committed to ensuring that vulnerable adults and adults with care and support needs are given every opportunity to live full and independent lives.

Shared Lives offers an innovative, non-institutional alternative approach for individuals in need of care and support. Shared Lives carers approved onto the scheme will use their own home as a resource in order to support individuals. As well as providing high quality, regulated care, Shared Lives enables individuals to build a full life in their local community and contribute to it.

Shared Lives offer long term care and support, respite and flexible day opportunities to anyone over the age of 18 with a learning disability, autism, physical disability, sensory impairment or mental health condition.

The scheme is currently recruiting Shared Lives carers from all walks of life and backgrounds and welcomes contact from island residents over the age of 18, learn more about becoming a Shared Lives carer.

How Shared Lives can help you

If you are someone supported by the Shared Lives scheme:

If you struggle at home but residential care or supported living is not for you, sharing a home might be the answer.

Shared Lives helps you join a family home with approved trained carers who can support you to do the things you like. It is often for adults with physical or learning disability but could also be a good option for older people struggling with daily tasks.

The aim of Shared Lives is to:

  • Give you the choice and opportunity to choose the Shared Lives carer you live with on a long or short term basis, as valued members of the carer’s household and their local community.

  • Provide you with a person-centred home that has been appropriately checked, supportive, safe, clean and comfortable.

  • Ensure that all Shared Lives carers provide a warm, caring environment where you can receive individual care and support in line with My Shared Lives Plan. The Plan provides the information to the carer about the things that are important to you and also tells them who else maybe supporting you and how.

  • Provide you with a service that is flexible and sensitive whilst also promoting choice and independence.


For an introductory informal visit please complete our online send a message to service form alternatively please use the contact details found in the contact tab above. 


If you are a Shared Lives Carer approved by the Scheme:

Shared Lives carers will receive a standard fee in exchange for the care and support provided to meet the desired outcomes for the individual placed with them. The scheme uses careful matching processes in order to ensure successful Shared Lives placements.

Shared Lives carers will receive training to support them in their role and three monthly supervisory support. Anyone over the age of 18 years can become a Shared Lives carer, even if you are in full or part-time employment, retired or in receipt of benefits. As a Shared Lives carer you may be entitled to claim ‘qualifying care relief’ (Tax and National Insurance) which is available whether you offer long-term shared lives arrangements, respite, day opportunities or a combination of the three.

A Shared Lives carer supporting someone with low level needs would receive a payment of £155.40 per week for a long-term arrangement plus additional contributions of £107.68 towards utility bills, accommodation and food costs.

Paid Breaks and Respite

Shared Lives carers providing long-term support will have the opportunity to take regular breaks from their caring responsibilities. We will support you by: 

  • Giving you up to 28 days paid holiday from your role each year.

  • Help you organise breaks by arranging alternative support whilst you are on holiday.

Further Information

If you would like to watch a short video of how the Shared Lives Scheme has positively changed lives, please visit the Shared Lives Plus website.

You can also view or download our Shared Lives leaflet (PDF, 2 pages, 492KB).

CQC Registration Details

Shared Lives on the Isle of Wight are registered with the Care Quality Commission. Before Shared Lives can carry out any of the activites that CQC regulate, we must register with the CQC to satisfy them that we are able meet a number of legal requirements.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care and they encourage care services to improve.

To find out details about the quality of our service please visit the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website.

Share your experience

The CQC also offers people the opportunity to share their experiences of the care they have received, both good or bad. If you wish to share your experience please visit the CQC share you experience web pages.