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Becoming a Shared Lives carer
Are you looking for a fulfilling role with
full-training and support provided that you can do from home? Then
consider becoming a Shared Lives carer.
Shared Lives carers give vulnerable adults with physical or
learning disabilities a temporary home or place to go with support,
so they can experience family life.
Shared Lives carers are:
- assessed and trained by us
- paid according to type of support they provide and the needs of
the person they're caring for
- living in and around Medway
- an individual or a family who can offer short or long-term
accommodation in their own home.
- short or long-term live-in care and support - the adult moves
in temporarily and becomes part of the family
- respite and short breaks - between one night and two weeks to
give a family or long-term carer a break
- day support - one-on-one or small groups letting the cared for
adult be included and active in the community.
Find out more
To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer and talk
with a member of our staff you can:
You can also come to see us at our information events.
Details of events will be posted on our Facebook page and in Medway
What you need to know
Shared Lives carers are self-employed and you will only be paid
when you have a person in placement. We will complete a full
assessment of you and other family members, including home visits
and personal/medical references, as well as full checks with the
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The assessment is used as part of the matching process. The
approval and matching process may take a long period of time as it
is essential that everyone involved is positive and happy about the
- You will need to go on training courses before working
- You must have a spare room to provide long-term, short-term or
- You should check with the Department for Work and Pensions
(DWP) to see if becoming a carer will affect any benefits you may
- If you receive incapacity benefit, you cannot be the main carer
- We cannot accept applications from people who manage a
household with temporary residents, like a guesthouse and providing
rooms for students or lodgers.
See our most recent CQC inspection