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The Shared Lives scheme provides a range of services in Medway
which enable vulnerable adults to share in family life, make new
friends, enjoy new experiences and share in everyday activities.
The scheme encourages people to promote their strengths and
The Shared Lives scheme aims to maintain strong links between
adults seeking placements and their families. The scheme encourages
people to plan for their future as well as keeping in touch with
The Medway Council Shared Lives scheme was awarded an Excellent,
Three Star status by the Care Quality Commission in 2010. The Star
award scheme has since ended and providers are found to be either
compliant or non-compliant. The Medway Scheme had a
Review of Compliance in April 2011 in which we were found to be
compliant in all essential standards reviewed. Download the
Compliance Document (pdf 130KB).
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not have it on your computer, please use our advice page.
Shared Lives newsletter
The summer 2012 edition of the Shared
Lives newsletter can be found on the carers'
Medway Shared Lives gains award
Shared Lives was awarded a Medway Council Recognition Award
2012. Visit the Shared Lives gallery to view the team
accepting their award.
Who can access the service?
- Adults with learning and physical disabilities between the ages
of 18 and 65 years.
- People over the age of 65 years with learning disabilities, in
Who provides the care?
Care is given by carers who are friendly, sensible and mature
people who have been approved by Medway Council. All carers undergo
police and health checks and an extensive assessment. Carers
encourage people to take part in everyday family life and to
develop their own interests.
A carer can be an individual or a family who can offer short or
long-term accommodation in their own home to an adult with a
learning or physical disability.
Carers should be adults living alone or in a family in Medway,
who have a spare bedroom and have the time and patience to support
an adult with a learning disability. Carers receive training before
anyone is placed with their family and continuing help and support
is provided. A review of carers is carried out each year. In this
way, we can ensure a high standard of care is being provided.
Carers provide the following services:
- long-term care and support;
- day support;
- respite and short breaks.
Shared Lives needs you
Medway Shared Lives Scheme is always looking for more people who
are willing to share their home and lives with vulnerable adults.
You can be a couple, single, a homeowner or renting your property,
we don't mind. You will have a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check
and a thorough assessment by the Shared Lives Team. Presently
we support adults with learning disabilities, but we are now
advertising our services for adults with a physical disability and
adults with Dementia.
The support provided ranges from long-term live-in support,
short-term live-in support, respite care, and sessional
support. If you think you could support someone in one or more of
these ways, please call the number below or download the
Involved' initial application form ( pdf 62KB).To use
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it on your computer, please use the advice
Find out more
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