Ealing Shared Lives matches adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties with people who can provide at-home placements. Twelve adults currently benefit from the scheme. Half live with local families full-time as an alternative to living in a care home. The other half uses the scheme for overnight or short term respite care or support in the community.
Shared Lives carers who provide long term residential support are paid between £342.54 and £449.65 a week. Short term care is paid on either a daily or hourly rate.
Carers receive regular support and training from Ealing Council and no special qualifications are needed, however people must be willing to share their homes and devote the time and energy needed to care for an adult with a learning disability. The philosophy behind Shared Lives is that the cared-for person becomes part of the family.
Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for health and adults services, said: “Everyone involved in Shared Lives says what a profound and positive difference it has made to their lives. The alternative for most of the adults that use the scheme is a residential care home, so they appreciate the extra choice and independence that they get from being part of a family. And carers consistently tell us how much they personally and emotionally benefit from sharing their homes in this way.
“The council carefully matches people and since Shared Lives began 22 years ago there hasn’t been a breakdown in placement. I would encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more to get in touch with our team.”
To find out more about the scheme, visit our Shared Lives page or call 020 8825 5436.