Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Lead Member for Adult Services and Public Health at Hampshire County Council, explains:
“Our Shared Lives carers and their families are very special people who offer a caring, family environment within their own homes to vulnerable individuals over the age of 18 who are unable to live independently. Throughout the pandemic they have continued to quietly care, going to great lengths to provide support during the most challenging of times – while behind the scenes, the County Council’s Shared Lives team have supported our carers with quizzes, activity ideas, regular telephone check-ins and socially-distanced garden visits.”
“We want to use the opportunity of Shared Lives Week to thank our carers for all they have done and raise awareness of this valuable scheme. We would love to hear from anyone who wants to know more about joining our team of carers.”
Across Hampshire, there are currently 93 Shared Lives carers who support 189 individuals, providing either a permanent place to live, short-term care or day care.
Carers are carefully matched with those they look after, and feedback from both sides shows this can be a highly effective way to be supported within a loving and stable home, which in turn helps people to connect to their local communities, improving their wellbeing and independence.
Carers are given training and regular support and are paid an allowance to cover bed, board and care. Many carers report building close, lasting friendships with those who share their lives.
After a year-long recruitment pause, Hampshire County Council is again actively recruiting Shared Lives carers.
If you or someone you know is eligible for social care and is interested in having a Shared Lives stay, please contact the County Council’s Adults’ Health and Care department on 0300 555 1386.